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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 was more than I anticipated and the majority of newly minted Pastafarian ministers live outside of the US which I did not expect. 

There are at least 5 weddings planned in which a Pastafarian minister will officiate.  I’ve gotten quite a few emails saying you are not allowed to do this.  But like I’ve said, we maintain that our religion is as legitimate as any other.   By all measures, our religion is more intellectually honest than any faith-based religion.   If, when an ordained Pastafarian minister applies for a license to perform wedding in his or her region, the bureaucrat who processes those applications can reject it, if they wish.  To date I’m not aware of that happening, but I realize there is some hoop-jumping required in certain areas.   I am happy to write Letters of Good Standing or any other official documents that they may require.

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To answer a question: I will make these as long as people want them and I am in the country.  I move around a lot so if you would like one I’d recommend ordering it now.  

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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.

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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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Paper ordination certificates are almost ready

Published August 19th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Here is one of the first paper certificates with the new embossed gold foil seals.  I think they look pretty good.   Any suggestions? 

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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 paper 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.  Rubber Duck Design understood the importance and created these for us:

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I think they look awesome.   I have honestly felt that not having gold embossed seals put us at a disadvantage.  Now what official church things shall we undertake? Ideas?

Give me a few days to get the paper ordination certificates figured out and then we can start making them.   

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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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