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It was the weekend of crappy jobs: got flu shot, did annual corporate tax return for Marie's tiny business, switched out my winter/summer wardrobes (long story, but a hassle), watched annual video legal ethics seminar, typed up my monthly lecture for Theology on Tap, and moved garden tarps for the winter. The last job was the worst. I was envisioning an hour. It took Marie, Meg (16), and me two hours, and it was absolutely filthy work . . . and the 47-degree sunny weather forecasted didn't materialize and, instead, we slogged away in 37 degrees and light rain/hail.

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“Spiritual but not religious”: inside America's rapidly growing faith group. I have to admit, I've never understood that distinction: spiritual but not religious. Religion is merely a method to transcend the spiritual: Because there's the spiritual, there's religion. "Spiritual but not religious" is like saying "Computers but not software." By using the computer, you are, to some degree, using software. By delving into the spiritual, you are, to some degree, religious. Now, I guess you could be delving into the computer at the most superficial levels--just playing Solitaire and looking at your weather app--but that doesn't mean you aren't using the software: you just aren't remotely understanding it . . . or your computer. The same goes with spirituality. You can float at the most superficial levels, but that doesn't mean you aren't religious: you just aren't remotely understanding it . . . or your spirituality.

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You can do what you want with this information: "McDonald's, along with 64 other food, beverage and grocery companies, earned a perfect score based on nondiscrimination policies, benefits for LGTBQ workers and their families, internal education to promote LGTBQ inclusion and public commitment to LGTBQ equality. Other companies receiving perfect scores include Anheuser-Busch, Ben & Jerry's, Campbell's, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Hershey, PepsiCo and Wawa. . . . Companies that scored lower than 80 included Chipotle, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, Dr Pepper, Wendy's and Whole Foods. These less-than-perfect scores were based in part on a business' failure to promote LGTBQ competency within its organization – not clearly stating nondiscrimination policies in new hire training, for example – and a failure to provide health care inclusive of transgender employees and same-sex partnerships." Link.