Who we are - an informal census
LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY catvincent)
NB - Please put your introduction posts on THIS THREAD ONLY - we're getting swamped by the individual intro posts on the main list! Thanks.
Since Dark Christian has increased membership so much over the last few months - and also to see just how diverse a bunch we are - we're asking everyone here who is willing to post a short introduction about themselves.
You don't have to post any information you don't want to share - and you can be as detailed as you want if you do join in.
The main things we'd like to hear about you are:
Who you are - your LJ handle (and if you are so inclined, your real name).
What you do - work, student, whatever. (Again, only be specific if you really want to).
Your beliefs - religion, political and whatever else matters to you.
How you came here - what drew you to join DC and how long you've been around.
What can you do - what active efforts you are doing or are willing to do to oppose Dominionism.
Anything else you'd care to add - your age, sexuality, your family status, whatever matters to you that you want to share with us.
Guess I'm first...
I'm Ian Vincent. Most folk know me as 'Cat'. I live in Bristol, England.
I'm founder/director of a company which specialises in paranormal security - ghost-busting, curse-breaking, (non-violent, non-denominational) exorcism and the like.
My beliefs are best described as 'eclectic' - though raised in a not-very-devout Church of England home, I'm now a Goddess-worshipping Taoist heretic with elements of various occult/shamanic traditions and a flavour of Discordianism and the use of sex-magic as a sacrament. As far as the beliefs of others go, I think all belief systems have an element of truth to them - and that none of them have *all* the truth.
That includes my beliefs!
Politically, I'm a cynical skeptic - mostly I believe in equal human rights for all and anything that gets in the way of that (especially for reasons of power or profit) makes me quite annoyed.
I joined DC quite early on - long ago enough that I can't remember how I got here!
Aside from being a Moderator here, I try to spread alternatives to the Dominionist mindset/memes wherever I can. I'm lucky to have a wide network of friends involved in various forms of activism (from womens issues to Deep Green alternatives) as well as writers in many fields. Between us, those memes get quite widely spread.
I'm always looking for other ways to make the message go wider.
Somehow, I managed to make it to be 43 years old.
I'm in a long-term poly triad with two wonderful women (which has lasted longer than most of my friends' straight marriages...) so queer rights and support/recognition of non-traditional family groups is very important to me. Having gone from low-lower-working class to middle-class over my lifetime, I'm quite sensitive to class issues - and when I get intense or angry my voice becomes rather Cockney!
Enough about me.
Over to you...