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I am not one for organized religion of any type, but I like to see how others are reaching out. And, I applaud when someone tries a different way to spread tolerance and love in this world.
I was reading something on Mother Jones about Jay Bakker. He's the son of the duo Jim & Tammy Faye. I didn't even know they had a son!
He's got quite an interesting story. He got pretty mixed up in drugs and alcohol. Left religion bitterly behind. Then he came back to it but in a completely different way than his parents. He doesn't have a megachurch or preach intolerance. He meets in a store front and has maybe 30 people at a time. His parishioners are mostly people who mainstream church as left behind. He preaches tolerance and acceptance. No one is excluded.
It's really interesting what he's doing. Here's his website: http://www.revolutionnyc.com/ Click on Jay. You see a photo and hear about how he came to where he is today. This quote comes from his bio:
"His goal is to return to the grassroots of Christianity founded on inclusion, love and grace; his heart is helping people realize that God loves them no matter what."
If you click on history you can read more about the Revolution Church, it's punk/skateboarder beginnings, and Jay's approach.
I thought this was so interesting. It's fascinating to see people from the evangelical movement of the 80s and 90s who are reaching out in a more tolerant way.
Here's the Mother Jones article which I thought was interesting: http://www.motherjones.com/interview/2006/12/jaybakker.html
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I've seen him a number of times, throughout his life. He had a rough time of it. I had heard he was still facing some battles, but I have nothing to back that up, just remember "hearing" it. Nice to see him doing something positive.