Category Archives: church

Mary Magdalene and Easter – Raging on Her Behalf

Happy Easter?  I am hesitant to give honor to this sacred feast until the wrong that has been done to Mary Magdalene has been righted!  We are two thousand years past the event of Jesus’ resurrection and STILL Mary Magdalene … Continue reading

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The Top Five Reasons Catholics Leave the Church

The second largest religious denomination in the United States is made up of 42.7 million non-practicing (recovering) Catholics. Being raised Catholic, working in the Church, and then making the decision myself to leave, the following is my professional and personal … Continue reading

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Recovering Catholics – 42.7 Million Strong

The Second Largest Religious Denomination A few years back, I learned that the second largest religious denomination in the United States (reported by PEW Research, second only to the Roman Catholic Church), is made up of non-practicing Catholics.  I sat … Continue reading

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Healing Our Religious Wounds – new online course

Online course Do at your own pace 23 modules Only $49.99! (content heavy and fiscally light) While religion has provided a great service to humanity, it has also done great harm. If you are one who has felt harmed, rejected, … Continue reading

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A Witch! A Witch!

Responding to the Catholic self-appointed inquisition. Just when I think I am off their radar and free of the wrath of the Catholic self-appointed inquisition, they rear their fearful head. This morning as I was enjoying a glimpse of the … Continue reading

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Fool for Christ

As part of my daily morning ritual, I pull one card from my Gnostic Tarot of the Saints (Robert M. Place).  This morning, I pulled The Fool card, here represented by St. Francis of Assisi – known in some circles … Continue reading

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Beyond Christianity

On Monday, I wrote about how I am nothing like Richard Rohr. In particular, I mentioned how Richard Rohr is hard at work reforming Christianity, while I have moved beyond the need to reform an institution so that we might … Continue reading

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Nothing Like Richard Rohr

Today’s blog: Richard Rohr, emerging church, beyond religion, unity consciousness, healing a divided world, what does it mean to be “church” in a post-modern world? Before sharing today’s blog, I want to extend a profound thank you to all those … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Catholic Witch

I have always known I was a witch. For 364 days a year, however, I simply pretended I was not.   Only on Halloween as I donned my black robe, black pointy boots and a black did I feel completely at … Continue reading

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Authentic Freedom – BEING the New Model of What We Used to Call “Church”

While the Catholic Church reaffirms its ban on women’s ordination and Protestant Churches are musing on (or in denial over) the question of emerging church, Authentic Freedom Academy is about the business of BEING the new church. I hesitate to … Continue reading

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