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Certificate of Ordination update

Published August 30th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

If you ordered a certificate in the last week it’s in one of these mailers that were sent out yesterday:

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The response has been great.

Jut a note, for the people who are planning to perform weddings as an FSM Minister: It’s our view that weddings are social ceremonies and a couple should be free to choose whoever they like to perform their ceremony.

But to “be married” is also a legal distinction, and for that reason, I want to make sure that our FSM Ministers are following the rules and regulations of their areas. Please be aware that a Certificate of Ordination is not the same thing as a license to officiate weddings. In many areas if you want the weddings to be registered by the government, you need to get a license to perform weddings, issued by your clerk’s office. We have learned that most clerks will accept our ordinations, but if you encounter one who will not, please let me know, and I will see what I can do. But for the most part, please consider these certificates in the spirit of social ceremony.

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Note — the certificates have been updated to use lithographed certificate paper. We also now have ID cards.

You can order the certificates and cards here.

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Seaweed sighting

Published August 29th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Corona Bottles and Seaweed or the FSM in Cape Hatteras, NC?

-Melissa

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Carbo Diem – a RatRod drawing

Published August 24th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Robert Cox created this.  Awesome work.

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Certificates of Ordination now available

Published August 22nd, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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The paper Certificates of ordination are ready.  If you’d like one,  you can order one here.  Updated — The cost is $20 shipped to the US and $30 shipped international.

Note — the certificates have been updated to use a nicer lithograph paper. The price is now $25, for both Domestic and International orders, shipping included. We also now have ID Cards.

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Ceiling tile evangelism

Published August 21st, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

Jake painted this piece for the ceiling in his art room.  It will be on display for years to come, no doubt influencing future students.   Nice work!

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Look at these embossed gold fsm seals

Published August 19th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

For official church business.

People have been asking for Certificates of Ordination for a while and I’ve said we could only do it if we got some real embossed foil seals, like the ones universities have made for their diplomas.

Note — Certificates of Ordination are now available here for $25 including shipping anywhere in the world.

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Gen-Con noodle hat

Published August 18th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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I created this image of His Noodliness to help spread the good word among the many GenCon-goers this year. May his Noodly Appendage touch us, every one. :)

- Liz Bodle

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FSM spotted in Paris

Published August 14th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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His Noodliness has blessed the walls of Paris!

- zazou

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We shouldn’t live with absolute frivolity

Published August 12th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

While life should not be taken too seriously, this doesn’t mean we should live with absolute frivolity. Yes, so-called religions attempt to mandate all sorts of opinions and behaviors about morality and social conformity. This does not mean that actual religion — the sincere attempt to understand the unknowable — is inherently stupid or necessarily bullshit.

Quantum mechanics tells us that all possibilities exist simultaneously until foreclosed by inconsistent observations. So, with regard to what we truly cannot know or observe, it’s possible that all beliefs are equally "true" and very much real. It’s an incredibly powerful thought: that we can design our own eternity simply by imagining it.

Personally, I’d want much more from my eternity than to party on a pirate ship with a bunch of beer and strippers. The ability to have that experience at any time and for any duration? Sure, that would be great. But plain old life has plenty to offer that’s much more sublime and extraordinary than simple hedonism. And it’s not even a very ambitious vision of hedonism.

World history is replete with terrible evils committed in the name of "religion." Certainly, it’s an important message that moral and social "values" should not be elevated to the level of religious beliefs. But our ability as humans to recognize the fundamental unknowable questions — where are we from, why are we here, and where are we going — creates a fundamental human need to discuss and confront these questions.

Pastafarianism does indeed celebrate the power of the individual to choose his or her own answers to these questions. Some might like the idea of choosing answers that are deliberately silly or absurd. But to do so simply to make a point about the beliefs of others is to degrade and dishonor one’s own spirit.

-Tom

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This crop circle resembles the FSM

Published August 12th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

 

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[From http://www.slate.com/slideshow/arts/crop-circle-art?GT1=38001#slide_3]

What does this mean? This is VERY clearly the FSM.

-Liam

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