I've been a member of my church (about a thousand members) for decades. I'm constantly asked to be on the church's governing council, and I am usually on it or another committee, so I volunteer a lot of time. I also provided for the church in my will (which the church knows).
The pastors in my church don't really like me that much. The senior pastor's body language gives it off, even though he asks me to serve on the governing council. One associate pastor doesn't ever say anything to me, even when we're sitting next to each other, and one other associate pastor constantly remarks how stressed I seemed to be at work years ago. Lovely.
The only other church in the denomination that I haven't tried and that is within a reasonable distance is a small one, so maybe I'd check it out.
The church overall is OK. It's close by and it does give opportunities to volunteer. I'm in a Bible study group. The people are OK. I'm not crazy about it, but it meets my needs, I guess.
Would not being particularly liked by the pastors be, for you, the "straw that broke the camel's back"-would you leave the church because of it, if you were otherwise OK with the church but not crazy about it?9 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 days ago
I joined a new gym for the first time in a decade. (My old gym didn’t seem safe in the age of coronavirus.)
My new gym is part of a private club where I have long been a member, so I figured that people at this gym would be friendly, since it’s likely to run into them at dinner.
But nobody says hello or even nods, even though I see the same people there.
I forget: OK to walk up to someone at the gym and say, “Real quickly- hi, I’m John, I see you here every day and I’m impressed by your dedication” or something? Or just say hello in the locker room?
None of us want to be interrupted by a chatterbox but since we’re all members of the same private club, we ought to at least know each other.
Thanks.Diet & Fitness2 days ago
Democrats, you've called basically every Republican a Nazi, a murderer and a plutocrat, including John McCain, Mitt Romney and Susan Collins.
You happy now with the backlash you've gotten (i.e., the election of Donald Trump)? You still consider Mitt Romney a Nazi?3 AnswersPolitics3 days ago
Leif Erikson came to North America first, before about the year 1020. Well before Columbus in 1492.
I'm Swedish-American. Leif Erikson should get some credit.
(Yes, I love my Italian friends--they're wonderful- but this is not about ethnicity; it's about recognizing a historical fact.)7 AnswersHistory1 week ago
Trump's son said that Donald Trump "lost a fortune" in running for president.
First, that's arguably false, as Trump's businesses earned a lot of money from customers seeking access to Donald Trump.
Second, if someone somehow loses money by running for president, isn't that just evidence that the person is an idiot? Even Sarah Palin made a lot of money by cashing in on her media fame due to her 2008 VP run.7 AnswersPolitics1 week ago
Surely Germans just after World War II must have been mad and upset. Their cities were destroyed and many millions of people had been killed.
But who were Germans mad at: the US and UK, which had demolished their cities and killed soldiers and civilians, or Nazis and their accomplices, which started the war and wouldn’t surrender before so much death and destruction had occurred?13 AnswersHistory1 week ago
The head of state of a country is someone who just does ceremonial things such as attending funerals and hosting dinners. A head of state has no political power or responsibilities to govern. Queen Elizabeth, for example, is the head of state of Canada.
Since Prince Harry is in the US, why not make him head of state?
We would keep the President but the President would just deal with politics. The head of state would deal with ceremonial stuff. Plenty of countries have one head of state and another head of government.6 AnswersPolitics1 week ago
A business that I like accidentally overcharged me and caught its mistake and sent me a check for the difference. The post office lost the check.
Is it tacky of me to ask the business for a replacement check?The check is for $750, a refund for me being charged too much commission for some work it did. It charged a below-market commission and I would have been fine paying $750 more. And the business caught the mistake.It’s a small business and I expect that they would see that the check hasn’t been deposited. They might think I rejected their generosity.2 AnswersEtiquette2 weeks ago
What's Trump's mental impairment, riding in a car with others, for show, and returning to the White House while he has coronavirus?
Narcissist? Psychopath? What's the name of the mental impairment that Donald Trump has?
With coronavirus, he got driven around, with Secret Service agents in the car, just to show himself to his supporters. Now he's returning to the White House, with coronavirus.
Clearly he has no concern for anyone's well being. But what is the mental illness that he has?5 AnswersMental Health2 weeks ago
At the debate between Sen. Lindsey Graham and his opponent, Jaime Harrison, Jaime Harrison told Lindsey Graham to “be a man”.
Isn’t that sexist and anti-LGBTQ?1 AnswerElections2 weeks ago
The UK did not have to join World Wars I or II, at least not when it did, since in both wars, the UK declared war first.
Yes, the UK saved the planet from “a new dark age”, particularly in World War II. But this came at tremendous cost: massive loss of life, financial hardship, arguably the acceleration of the end of the British Empire and physical destruction of British cities during the Blitz.
I am not British, but I am eternally grateful for British sacrifices during both wars, particularly in 1940-41.
But does anyone in the UK now think that the UK should have stayed out of either war? Sitting by the sidelines in either war would have been easy to do and would have avoided huge costs.31 AnswersHistory2 weeks ago
In 1940, Germany and the USSR discussed having the USSR join the Axis. This Germany, Italy, Japan and the USSR would have fought against the UK.
I think that Hitler could have won the war then, by being able to focus his attacks on the UK. Even if the US had eventually joined, it would have been harder for the US and the UK together to win because Germany wouldn’t have had to split its efforts and have a two-front war.
What do you think; who would have won the war then?6 AnswersHistory2 weeks ago
If so, have you ever told the parent or anyone else? If so, how did the person react?5 AnswersFamily2 weeks ago
Germany beat Russia in World War I and conquered what are now the Baltic States, Finland, Belarus and Ukraine.
Why didn’t the Allies let Germany keep those lands, which were German protectorates?
The Soviet Union was already forming, and having many of those lands become Communist was worse than letting them be semi-democratic German puppet states ruled by German royalty.
Surely keeping gains in the East would have offset Hitler’s appeal, too, so World War II would likely have been prevented.3 AnswersHistory2 weeks ago
Melania Trump was recorded while cursing about Christmas decorations and making callous remarks about immigrant children being separated from their parents.
Is she as hateful and awful as Donald Trump is?
I assume that anyone who would marry someone as hateful as Donald Trump must be OK with his hate.5 AnswersPolitics2 weeks ago
He was already destined to lose his bid for re-election, and now he has coronavirus.
Wouldn’t his illness be a great excuse to withdraw from his re-election bid?
He could avoid defeat and blame his illness on “deep state” people who intentionally got him sick.2 AnswersPolitics2 weeks ago
Obama vilified the white working class: people who allegedly cling to guns and religion.
Trump doesn’t like people of color. At least he seems not to.
Who was the last US president who cared for all people? Bush II or Bush I?6 AnswersPolitics2 weeks ago
My neighborhood gym has a long-standing policy: you can cancel your membership and get a refund if you’ve been a member for more than a year.
I don’t trust that the gym is safe for avoiding coronavirus (and I am sick of a few obnoxious people), so I am cancelling my membership and joining another gym (at a private club where I am already a member).
I would expect that the neighborhood is under financial strain, since it was closed for months.
Inappropriate of me to ask for a refund when I cancel my membership? I feel cheap and greedy in doing that, but the gym allows it.
Thanks.4 AnswersEtiquette3 weeks ago