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Finding the right church for you and your family isn’t the easiest thing to do, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful process either. For starters, don’t just pick the closest church that practices your religion. Just like you wouldn’t buy the first house you seen, it is wise to shop around and really get a feel for what suits you best.
By looking for specific traits, you should be able to find a church that fits well when it comes to your beliefs and your needs for community.
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A Little Good News - Equality in Star Wars?

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The world is in flames. I am sure that few reading this would really need to be reminded of that. However, there is some good news out there and illustration that not everyone's mind is defiled with hate.

By now, a great deal of footage has been released from the upcoming new Star Wars movie - The Force Awakens. The evil and hate that many people are capable of has come out in full -a group of losers have protested the role of black actor John Boyega. Both Boyega's role as Finn and Da…

Paris: A Very Special Orion/Maiello Q and A

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I got Michael Maiello to respond to the Paris attacks in an unscheduled Q and A and as something different, I will be answering the same question I posed to him. 

For Maiello: My mom was in France when this Paris attack occurred. I was worried. Conflict is part of human history as far as there was such a thing but a conflict involving several world powers all meeting in venues with so many stakes. I think Pope Francis is right that we're seeing a third world war. What do you think?

I'…

Mailleo and Orion Have Their Monthly Talk on Catholicism, Star Wars and Marco Rubio

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I wish I had this put together earlier in the month but I guess we were late again. Not a whole lot of questions this time but some pretty substantive ones.

Questions for Maiello by Orion
Am I wrong in thinking the last few Republican debates were exceptionally nutty? Agree with them or not I remember when the GOP was generally unified. They didn't agree on anything and their main candidates are bizarre.



I think the GOP has been nutty for longe…

Review: Amitav Ghosh - Flood of Fire

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I happened upon Amitav Ghosh's Ibis trilogy of books by accident. Seattle, Washington has a great deal of free books available in little alcoves throughout its many affluent neighborhoods. I picked up a copy of Sea of Poppies and quickly devoured it, enthralled by its characters. I read River of Smoke, its sequel, but was less impressed. Flood of Fire was a true return to form, however, possibly the best book in the series.
The Ibis trilogy is called that for the ship, the Ibis, which someh…

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Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

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Radical Second Things is a liberation theology themed blog that has clear cut goals - we see the structural decline of the United States and much of the west and hope to present alternatives that will offer "a preferential option for the poor" as more become vulnerable.

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