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Week 3 - "Peeling the Cosmic Onion", a Journey of Spiritual Transformation So far in our journey, we have been "clearing the path ahead", so to speak, by examining the barriers which fundamentalist western religion can sometimes put in our way. When belief systems stifle the imagination, hamper critical thinking, or encourage the rejection of scientific facts, our search for Truth can suffer greatly. In our first two meetings, we took a closer look at the traditional view of Hell, as presented by much of western culture, and examined the different ways in which people interpret religious texts, focusing specifically on the Judeo-Christian scriptures. We found that the doctrine of Hell can cause lasting damage to both those who adhere to it, as well as those it demonizes, and that, while the Bible can be a valuable resource in its own right, ignoring its inherent historical context and weaponizing it to hurt others can have tragic consequences. At our next meetup, we will finally confront the source of these stumbling blocks by critiquing religious systems themselves. While western Christianity is necessarily our focus, we welcome other perspectives on other world religions and how they can enrich and/or damage people's lives. Please consider joining us at Ridgetop Coffee & Tea in Sterling, starting at 7:00pm on Monday, June 3, as we conclude the first section of Part 1 of our Series! If you are unable to make it in person, but are interested in attending remotely, please post a comment in the event Discussion. We have the technical capability to allow remote participation via Zoom, but have thus far not had the demand for it. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you on the 3rd!