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How is it now?
It seems some Ukrainians went to holidays (yes), some moved forward, still a lot of them stayed. I haven't been so much time at my parish due to visit to Poland of my fiance - we were travelling, so difficult to say. Just that has been unique Liturgy with Ukrainian sermon, and the priest that preached it and was helping at the parish is coming back to Ukraine.
But, another really bad incident, first time at our foot pilgrimage from Warsaw to the Holy Mount Grabarka some things were stolen from the big bus. The things were preciely liturgical vestments and other utensils. Priests said it delicaly, but it seems Ukrainians migrants stole them.

Again, I'm sorry, as I know really nice Ukrainian people, including our Liza, but also at my parish that have been living in Poland for years, and even them are fed up with the situation. Even my fiance that had been neutral, now has even ceased to like Ukrainians (hope later he will balance his perspective) because of what he saw in Poland, generally and including their behaviours at churches.
 

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Is the content specifically Christian-oriented or is it more about not including films that lead to temptation?
Hah, you're going to have to clarify what you mean by temptation. Consuming media that is full of sex, profanity, and idolatry (such as, you know, Scripture) might tempt them to give up hypermoralistic Protestantism and come to the Church. On the other hand, some people who are forced to watch creepy "Christian" movies maybe very tempted to go out and do some uncharitable things to Protestants for ruining film.
 

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Hah, you're going to have to clarify what you mean by temptation. Consuming media that is full of sex, profanity, and idolatry (such as, you know, Scripture) might tempt them to give up hypermoralistic Protestantism and come to the Church. On the other hand, some people who are forced to watch creepy "Christian" movies maybe very tempted to go out and do some uncharitable things to Protestants for ruining film.
I sympathise with what you're saying a lot, though, and I've even been warned against Gnosticism (LOL) for saying something similar. I can't name many films off the top of my head, but Baudelaire's poetry is so deeply Christian... We're talking about the guy who wrote The Litanies of Satan! The relationship between Satanism and metal began as working class Englishmen, largely nominal Anglicans, were drawing inspiration from horror films as some sort of anti-hippie movement. One of those later and actually blasphemous bands, Behemoth, has a song called "Lucifer", whose lyrics, a poem by Tadeusz Mycinski, fascinated me a lot when I used to dabble in esoterism. In the last stanza, Lucifer says: "The Sun, my enemy the Sun, rises worshipping God." Weird choice for such an edgy group.

Now toward clarification, I was recalling a specific Brazilian streaming service that includes a lot of non-Christian films, chosen pretty much on the grounds of not including sex, violence, etc. I don't think it has many Christian films, actually. There must be something like that in the US market.
 

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Now toward clarification, I was recalling a specific Brazilian streaming service that includes a lot of non-Christian films, chosen pretty much on the grounds of not including sex, violence, etc. I don't think it has many Christian films, actually. There must be something like that in the US market.
We put sex and violence into everything we can. You'd have to stream specific channels with topics that make it hard to add sex and violence, like Hallmark and HGTV.
 

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Now toward clarification, I was recalling a specific Brazilian streaming service that includes a lot of non-Christian films, chosen pretty much on the grounds of not including sex, violence, etc. I don't think it has many Christian films, actually. There must be something like that in the US market.
Yeah, unfortunately there are. There are some channels that make a point of peddling "emotional porn" and passions and similar things, but it's somehow "ok" because (God-created) sexuality and humanity is stripped out of it. I'm working on an alternative rating system (and a sizable list of films to go with it) that is centered on more orthodox Christian values, and sure enough much of the G/PG stuff is highly rated (as spiritually dangerous) in the new system but some currently-higher-rated (by the MPAA, et al) films are now listed as quite excellent for youth.
 
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No? In a perfect or even near-perfect world, maybe not. But we don't have either of those. I take mine to Church every week. Keep it on vibrate. I have a wife who is disabled and ill who might need to contact me in an emergency, of which she's had a few over the years---even one while I was at the Divine Liturgy.
 

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I think this is the third or fourth book I've brought up on this thread. Saw it on ebay. Even has its own wiki page. The full title is: "The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross : A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity Within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient near East."

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I think this is the third or fourth book I've brought up on this thread. Saw it on ebay. Even has its own wiki page. The full title is: "The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross : A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity Within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient near East."

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So that’s where you’ve been?
 

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I think this is the third or fourth book I've brought up on this thread. Saw it on ebay. Even has its own wiki page. The full title is: "The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross : A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity Within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient near East."
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I think this is the third or fourth book I've brought up on this thread. Saw it on ebay. Even has its own wiki page. The full title is: "The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross : A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity Within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient near East."

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Honestly, after taking up psychedelics as my main research theme in graduation, what I realised is that many psychedelic scientists have a problem that is usually reckoned as a pro among users: they become too creative. Of course, in cases like that of Alex Shulgin this could mean genious breakthroughs in hard sciences, but in cases like those of John M. Allegro and Terence McKenna this can taint the life work of otherwise serious researchers.

On a side note, there are records of magic mushrooms being consecrated as the body in syncretic masses in Mexico, specially in colonial times, although I think there's far more recent evidence. The Classical Nahuatl name of magic mushrooms (probably Psilocybe mexicana) themselves is a bit suspicious: teonanácatl, which can be translated as both "flesh of the gods" and "bread of the gods". I couldn't find any work digging into its epistemology, but it's probably just a coincidence that made christianised Aztecs think "what if".
 
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Honestly, after taking up psychedelics as my main research theme in graduation, what I realised is that many psychedelic scientists have a problem that is usually reckoned as a pro among users: they become too creative. Of course, in cases like that of Alex Shulgin this could mean genious breakthroughs in hard sciences, but in cases like those of John M. Allegro and Terence McKenna this can taint the life work of otherwise serious researchers.

On a side note, there are records of magic mushrooms being consecrated as the body in syncretic masses in Mexico, specially in colonial times, although I think there's far more recent evidence. The Classical Nahuatl name of magic mushrooms (probably Psilocybe mexicana) themselves is a bit suspicious: teonanácatl, which can be translated as both "flesh of the gods" and "bread of the gods". I couldn't find any work digging into its epistemology, but it's probably just a coincidence that made christianised Aztecs think "what if".
Are you a bipedal encyclopedia?
 

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Are you a bipedal encyclopedia?
The second half of the comment is all from my recollections of Letcher's book on mushrooms I had to read for my grad thesis plus some online dictionary I found to cross-check it, but thank you! 🥺

I meant "etymology" rather than "epistemology", btw.
 

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I remember a couple news videos a couple years ago about an Orthodox seminary in SE Asia--Indonesia or the Philippines I think--that was trying to get off the ground. Does anyone know what that is? Anyone have a link? Update? (I'm not positive that they were part of the Moscow Patriarchate, they might have been old calendarist. I don't recall.)
 

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Is it just me or does ROCOR use the smallest font size possible on their website? Am I doing something wrong? Did I push a "choose extra small" button without realizing it?

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You can magnify the page in your browser. I actually have OC.net zoomed in a tad, too. Can't hide these tired eyes. 😂
 

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Yep: the font sizes are set in absolute units (which is against best practices—they won't scale when you change the default font size at the browser level), they are set small (also against best practices—not everyone has great eyesight), and some of the fonts lack much contrast (yet another best practices issue).
 

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I assume that a small number of people have had dozens of sock puppets on this forum over the years. When I get to heaven I'm going to check the histories and find out the facts.
Half of us are the same middle-aged systems analyst from Thessaloniki.
 
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