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    On Feb 7, 2011 shirley hetherington wrote:

    I am opposed to organised religion, mostly on the basis of the controls the church applies to the parishioner. This is particularly so of the new age churches where all are encouraged to have a "close relationship" with Jesus. Some of the practices of these churches are no different to those which extort money from people for use in bolstering their own riches. 

    I personally feel closer to God, or the Universe, (or  whatever deity others believe to be the Highest Power), when I am among nature, Like when I am gardening with my hands in the soil, when I hear birds communicating, dolphins frolicking or examine the most minute  flower to find the most exquisite pattern and colours. It is then that I feel the power of the universe at its miraculous and magnificent best. 

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