Team FSM has reached $2 Million in loans on the micro-lending site Kiva. We’re now the top-lending religious congregation on Kiva, above the Buddhists, Catholics, Muslims, and — especially pleasing to me – above the Mormons, who we’ve been in a friendly competition with for years. Congratulations everyone!
What is Kiva? Kiva is a platform where you can make small loans to people in poor areas that need help starting small business. We make small, interest-free loans towards the projects we support, and Kiva combines them to fund the loan to the person who wants to build a small workshop, farm, restaurant, fruit stand, etc. These are interest-fee loans in places like Cambodia, Peru, Uganda — places where traditional bank lending to the poor is unavailable (or predatory). Kiva ensures that the loans are paid out and that the money is paid back. A lot of us feel this is the best way of bringing economic growth to the poorest areas.
I’ve had a good experience with Kiva and I encourage anyone interested to check it out. And please join our amazing team and help us continue to trounce the mainstream religion teams.
Encouraging news, reported by The Observer out of Dunkirk, New York:
A unique style of headwear was present during newly-seated Pomfret Town Council member Christopher Schaeffer’s oath of office Thursday afternoon, but it wasn’t intended to keep his head warm.
Schaeffer wore a colander (a strainer typically used to drain water from spaghetti) while Town Clerk Allison Dispense administered the oath of office to him before the board’s reorganizational meeting. When the OBSERVER asked afterward why he wore a colander on his head, Schaeffer said he was a minister with an even more unique organization – the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
This may be the first openly Pastafarian sworn into office. For sure, the first to be sworn in wearing a colander.
I imagine Council member Schaeffer is getting a lot of heat because of the news coverage. Some people will see it as obnoxious or a sign that he’s not taking the oath of office seriously. But I am completely confident that Schaeffer will distinguish himself as a Council member of the highest caliber.
Scaeffer’s statement at the end of the article says it all:
“Mostly, I’m just looking forward to making sure that the town is run smoothly and we meet the needs of all of our citizens,” he said. “If anybody ever has any concerns or questions, I hope they contact me, because I want to make sure that everyone is represented.”
Great news! The Florida Capitol building has endorsed our religion by allowing an FSM Holiday display on its grounds.
The Florida Capitol building just made a move that Sarah Palin is likely to interpret as a hostile affront in the so-called “war on Christmas,” approving a religious statue from the Pastafarian group of their deity the Flying Spaghetti Monster to be included in the Capitol’s holiday displays.
My friend Gooeld spotted this egg with an uncanny likeness to the FSM.
Because it is Easter, I want to share a link to a debate on “Did Jesus Really Rise From The Dead?” between Michael Horner and Dan Barker. Horner is Christian scholar and Barker is a reformed Christian preacher and now an atheist activist. It is an engaging debate and I suspect no matter your beliefs you’ll find reading this time well spent.
Happy Holidays everyone! I want to share a collection of my favorite displays this season.
But first, check out what is to my knowledge the first ChrisFSMas song, composed by Rade – who, incidentally, makes his home in the same town (Hallein, Austria) as F.X. Gruber, who composed Silent Night.
Now that you’re in a Holiday mood, here are the displays:
Possibly my favorite this year, here’s Scott and Jeanette’s knitted tree-topper.
It would not feel like ChrisFSMas without a festive and historically accurate Nativity scene – this one, courtesy of Dmitry:
Here’s an ornament spotted on Dmitry’s Holiday tree:
Abbey found this Holiday stocking at her house:
And the FSM perched atop her tree:
He was spotted on a number of other trees as well:
He was also spotted in Holiday lights in a window:
It is that time of the year again, when Pastafarians can dress in official pirate regalia and Spread the Word without fear of religious persecution. And while some may be wearing these costumes for other reasons, I have to believe that some day they too will be Touched by His Noodly Appendage.
Please send me your Halloween Evangelism photos and I’ll post them here. As always, pirate girls are encouraged to send in their photos. For academic reasons. Or maybe some sort of equal opportunity thing, I don’t know.
Below are some photos from this year and some of my favorites from previous years. Keep them coming.
Pumpkin art is one of my favorite forms of evangelism. Here are some great pieces:
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An elaborate spoof on Intelligent Design, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is neither too elaborate nor too spoofy to succeed in nailing the fallacies of ID. It's even wackier than Jonathan Swift's suggestion that the Irish eat their children as a way to keep them from being a burden, and it may offend just as many people, but Henderson, described elsewhere as a 25-year-old "out-of-work physics major," puts satire to the same serious use that Swift did. Oh, yes, it is very funny. -- Scientific American