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Fall/Winter 2015 Updatte

January 1, 2016

2016 is here! And there’s much in store for the next few months, including the anticipated release of a book.

So, what’s transpired since the last Update (October 1)? Here you go!

Professionally:

– The big decision was to cancel Forcing Change magazine. After nine full years, it was time to wrap up the online publication, which will open up space to complete my book project. I was sad to see the magazine go; after all, it was a resource I personally used in my studies. However, I’m excited to see what doors will open as this next phase of research and writing unfolds. Note: All back issues of Forcing Change magazine are going to be stored in an online archive, embedded in a new website to be released shortly.

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– Attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over 10,000 religious leaders and activists converged to celebrate oneness, work for global solidarity, and envision a united world. Traditional evangelical Christianity, however, didn’t fit this global mash-up, and thus the proclamations of “tolerance” were limited; everything is accepted, except exclusive truth claims of salvation, the fallen state of humanity, and that God is distinct and separate from creation. The October edition of Forcing Change was entirely devoted to reporting on the Parliament.

– Three other highlights from the Utah/Parliament trip.

1) Being billeted to and connecting with Bill McKeever of the Mormon Research Ministry, and making friends with a wonderful group of Christian authors, researchers, and apologetic-based evangelists who also attended the Parliament and were billeted with Bill. And while at the Parliament, I ran into a Christian pod-casting friend and another friend who’s an author – they spotted me first and yelled across the hallway, “Carl Teichrib!” Yup, that stopped me in my tracks! However, I was very encouraged to see other Christian researchers in attendance, engaging as a witness to participants from various religions, and being there to monitor and assess the direction of the interfaith movement.

2) After the Parliament, I had a window of time to visit with friends in Utah, enjoying a great conversation over breakfast with Lincoln Cannon of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, and then spending two enjoyable days with Shane and Kim Jones of Tri-Grace Ministries – including a slip-sliding off-road adventure to the top of a local mountain range in Shane’s 4X4.

3) Toured the Radha Krishna Temple (pictures below), also known as the Lotus Temple, located near Spanish Fork, a predominantly Mormon community about an hour south of Salt Lake City. Here, I listened to the guru talk about Hindu evangelism in North America through yoga and the Festival of Colors. A write-up of this encounter can be found in the November edition of Forcing Change magazine.    

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Forcing Change magazine finished the year by publishing an extensive Global Calendar of Events, listing and detailing upcoming conferences and gatherings dedicated to global governance and international security, transhumanism, interfaithism, the resurrection of the pagan paradigm, and movements toward oneness.

– In November I spoke five times in four days at a multi-church series of services just north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I met some wonderful people in the Martensville/Warman district, and enjoyed the hospitality and warmth of the Bergthaler Church family.

– Spoke at the Neepawa Christian Fellowship, giving them an update from the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

– Edited the Winter 2016 edition of Hope For The World Update, the quarterly newsletter of author Gary Kah.

– Attended the 10th Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons, a virtual conference on transhumanism, held at Terasem Island in Second Life. It was a fascinating day as speakers explored the philosophical aspects of artificial intelligence, possible social and legal ramifications, and other developments in transhuman thought.

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A selfie of my avatar-self at the Colloquium.

– Earlier in the year I taught a modular course at Millar College, and in November I received a nice big package of research essays to mark. Ah, the extended benefits of teaching!

– Radio shows and podcasts I participated in: Steel on Steel, VFTB, Janet Mefferd Today, TruNews, The Weekend Vigilante Show, Stand Up For The Truth, The Truth Traveler, Soaring Eagle Radio, Remnant X Radio, His People, Call to Decision, TruthTalk, Love For The Truth Radio, and Understanding the Times.

Personally:

– Our daughter, Austin, was part of the Central Manitoba Youth Choir (CMYC) – a group of fifty auditioned, high school musicians. My wife Leanne and I chaperoned one of the CMYC practice weekends, and had the opportunity to privately enjoy this outstanding choir for two days. A couple of weeks later, CMYC gave 14 performances during a five-day tour. Here are a few videos from one of the performances. Austin is wearing the teal-blue scarf in the front-center.

– I managed a few hours of metal detecting over the course of a couple of days, and pulled some silver from the dirt; a number of small sized 5 cent coins, an old 50 cent piece, and a handful of silver dimes and quarters with many dating before World War I. Dirt fishin’s fun when the silver’s biting!

– As an extended family, we greatly enjoyed our Canadian thanksgiving weekend. The weather was exceptional, and a photographer friend was willing to do a series of family photos at an abandoned farm (yes, that’s a collapsed stone house in the background).

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– Leanne and I flew to Toronto on personal business. She hadn’t been there before, and my one and only time in the city was back in 1997 when I traveled through by bus (whipty-do). So… we went up the CN Tower and visited Casa Loma, and hopped on the subway system while downtown. Our return trip to Manitoba was a leisurely three-day drive over the north side of the Great Lakes, stopping to see a friend in Sudbury, walking the beach at Terrace Bay, and exploring the city of Thunder Bay – a very refreshing break!

– Had a bitter-sweat weekend in early November: Attended the funeral of an elderly family friend, and then, that same day, went to the wedding rehearsal of our niece – and of course, the wedding the following day.

– Leanne and I started assisting with our home church’s College & Career group. We get together once a week, and while it’s not a large gathering, the conversations, Bible study, and fellowship has been sweet.

– Our son, Scott, and I spent two days cutting and installing baseboards and door casements for a friend. Let the sawdust fly! After Scott made a more complicated angle cut that fit together perfectly, he looked at me and exclaimed; “Now, that’s really satisfying!” Of course, when we miscalculated a cut, it wasn’t satisfying at all…

– Although Leanne and I both came down with the flu, we still managed to enjoy our Christmas; spending Christmas eve hiking through the snow-covered forest along the river by my dad’s farm, and visiting with friends and family. As our winter has been unseasonably warm (no complaints!), we had to be careful with river crossings and thin ice. 

Books Read:

– Brian Doherty, This is Burning Man: The Rise of a New American Underground (BenBella, 2006).

– Lee Gilmore, Theater in a Crowded Fire: Ritual and Spirituality at Burning Man (University of California Press, 2010).

– Timothy Leary, Design For Dying (HarperEdge, 1997).

– Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert, The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Citadel Press, 1964/2007).

– Swami Vivekananda, Chicago Addresses (Advaita Ashrama, 2013 edition).

– Peter Jones, The Other Worldview: Exposing Christianity’s Greatest Threat (Kirkdale Press, 2015).

– Robert W. Keyserlingk, Unfinished History (Robert Hale Limited, 1948).

– Thomas Cahill, The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 1998).

Have a great 2016!

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