Personal Religious Identifications
Right Reverend Mike Nassau, Bishop of Bicol
Rational Catholic Church of the Philippines
The following list gives religions or religious groups with which I identify and the aspects or attributes which I find especially good for each of them.
Freethought: Freethinkers believe in thinking for oneself, challenging "authority". There are many Freethought churches (Universal Life Church, Universal Ministries, Rational Catholic Church of the Philippines, Spiritual Humanism, etc.) which do not use the term. SeeLinks below, many of these churches offer free ordination to all, since in Freethought, everyone is or can be clergy.
Agnosticism or Rationalism (Apathetic Agnostic Church): Nontheism, Rationality, Freedom of thought, Philosophy, Sense of humor
Pantheism (World Pantheist Movement): Theology (Nature or the Universe is God), Environmentalism. (Oversoul): Oversoul, Mana or Universal Spirit
Humanism (American Humanist Association): Societal concerns, Theology, Philosophy, Personal freedom
Ethical Culture Society (American Ethical Union): Freedom of thought, Philosophy, Theology, Social concerns
Unitarianism (Unitarian-Universalist Association): Freedom of thought, Philosophy, Theology, Social concerns
Baha'i Faith: World unity, Toleration, Democratic administration, Equality of sexes, Responsibility, Love of others
Native American [God Is Red by Vine Deloria]: Environmentalism, Tradition, Patience, Love of others
Quakerism (Religious Society of Friends): Love of others, Pacifism, Service, Humility, Responsibility
Judaism (Reform Judaism): Respect for learning, Tradition, Scholarship, Responsibility, Love of others
Islam (Muslim American Society) [Ministry of W. Deen Mohammed]: Morality, Sobriety, Rehabilitation, Combating crime and addiction, Responsibility, Love of others.
Christianity (Mainline Protestant) [Black Baptist or Methodist]: Minority Rights, Community Service, Love of others, Music; [United Methodist or United Church of Christ ("Evangelical Church")]: Social concerns, Scholarship, Tolerance; (Old Catholic) [Philippine Independent Church, Iglesia Filipina Independiente]: Correcting errors and abuses of the Roman Catholic Church.
Wicca or Gaianism: Love of others, Equality of sexes, Value of individuals, Acceptance of the Different, Gentleness, Love of nature, Love of the earth (Gaia, Gaea), Environmentalism
Sikhism: Hospitality, Beautiful prayers
Buddhism or Brahmo Samaj: Introspection, Meditation, Enlightenment
There are other religions which have elements I admire, like Hasidic Judaism, Seventh Day Adventists, Mithraism, and African Traditional Religions, but which contribute little to my personal religious concepts. There are some religions which I know well but which I find so lacking in positive attributes or so destructive that I feel them to be a totally negative presence in society, such as Roman Catholicism, Fundamentalist (or "Born Again") Christianity, Fundamentalist or Islamicist Islam, Mormonism (including the Philippine breakaway group, Iglesia ni Cristo), Unification Church, Hinduism, Krishna Consciousness, and Scientology.
Rational Catholic Church of the Philippines:
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Rational Catholic Church of the Philippines Group:
This page: http://www.geocities.ws/cathcongphil/identifications.htm
Universal Life Church: http://www.ulc.org/
Apathetic Agnostics: www.apatheticagnostic.com
Philippine Nontheists Group:
Apathetic Agnostic Church of Bicol: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bicolagnostics/
Pantheism in the Philippines: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pilipinopantheism
Universal Ministries: http://www.universalministries.com/
Spiritual Humanism: http://www.spiritualhumanism.org/
Philippine Freethinkers Forum: http://www.angelfire.com/ny3/freethinkersphil/
Church of the Seven Planes: http://www.sevenplanes.org/
Rationalist Webring: http://humanists.net/rwr/
Freethought Ring: http://n.webring.com/hub?ring=freethought
Universal Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Agnostic:
World Pantheist Movement: http://www.pantheism.net/
Unitarian Universalist Association: http://www.uua.org/main.html
Catholic Congregation Without Dogma (Congregatio Catolica Sine Dogma): http://www.angelfire.com/me/lytz/ccsd.html
Baha'i Faith: http://www.bahai.org/
Universism: United Universists: http://www.universist.org/
Planned Parenthood Federation - Philippines
International Planned Parenthood Federation
Zero Population Growth – Philippines: http://www.geocities.ws/benign0/solution/zpg.html
Personal webpage: http://mikenassau.freehomepage.com/religion.html
Letter announcing appointment as Bishop of Bicol:
February 12, 2004 C.E.
To all who might care:
I have been appointed Bishop of Bicol by the Catholic Congregation without Dogma, a micronation church state. Do see the list of Bishops at the Congregation's website, http://www.angelfire.com/me/lytz/ccsd.html .
Here is a copy of my information sheet filed with the Congregation headquarters in Scotland.
The Right Reverend Mike Nassau, Bishop of Bicol
Catholic Congregation without Dogma
Legazpi City, Bicol Region, Philippines
Prince-Cardinal Michael I, Cardinal of the Congregatio Catolica Sine Dogma (Catholic Congregation without Dogma), Prince of the Holy See of the Universal Life Church, appointed me, Michael Edward Nassau (Mike Nassau) to be Bishop of Bicol on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 C.E. See the website for the Congregatio Catolica Sine Dogma,http://www.angelfire.com/me/lytz/ccsd.html .
The Diocese of Bicol is the Bicol Region of the Republic of the Philippines, consisting of the Provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte. The see of the diocese is Legazpi City, the capital of Bicol Region and Albay Province. See http://mikenassau.freehomepage.com/bicol.html for maps of Bicol.
I, Mike Nassau, completed one year of graduate study in Theology at Crane Theological School of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A., in preparation for the ministry in the Unitarian Church. This included courses in Old Testament, New Testament, History of Christianity, Philosophy of Religion, and Ministerial Practice. I also took a course in Social Ethics from the theological school of Boston university, a United Methodist school. I received my B.A. degree in zoology from the University of Texas, my M.Ag. degree in animal science from the University of Florida and my M.L.S. in library science from the University of South Florida, and completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree in genetics from the University of Florida except for the dissertation.
I was ordained by the Universal Life Church in 1998, by Universal Ministries on March 3, 2003, and by the Church of Spiritual Humanism on March 4, 2003. I lost the records of my ULC ordination due to a computer virus, so I renewed it on February 11, 2004. I have been the Open Directory editor for the Universal Life Church for several years. I was awarded the Masters of Agnostic Studies degree and ordained by The Universal Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Agnostic on March 4, 2003. I was ordained and awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree by the Church of the Seven Planes on October 2, 2003 C.E.
The following are religious webpages which I have created:
Catholic Congregation without Dogma of the Philippines
(now the Rational Catholic Church of the Philippines)
Catholic Congregation without Dogma of the Philippines Group
(now the Rational Catholic Church of the Philippines Group)
Apathetic Agnostic Church of Bicol
Bicol Agnostics Group
Personal Religion Page
Personal Religious Identification
Pantheism in the Philippines
Philippine Pantheists Group
Mike Nassau, February 11, 2004 C.E.
Bishop of Bicol, Legazpi City, Bicol Region, Philippines