Practicing Paradoxy
Exploring Incarnational Christian Community
April 2, 2013
Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
Who am I?
Why is this important to me?
What do I hope to leave you with?
3ImportantQuestions
Getting On Board
Who are you?
Why is this important to you?
What do you hope to leave with?
3ImportantQuestions
Getting On Board
What do I hope
to leave you with?
PROVISIONAL ANSWERS
TO THREE QUESTIONS
Where are we?
How did we get here?
Where do we go...
Starting Places
The Transforming Power of Christ’s Love
The Reality of Death & Resurrection
Concursis Dei
Believing Our Be...
Where are we now?
May You Live in
INTERESTING TIMES!
Blessing?Curse?
Let me ask that a different way…
Blessing?Curse?
Riding
Drowning
It all depends on your
point of view
world view
conceptual framework
PARADIGM
It should be the law:
If you use the word ‘paradigm’
without knowing what the dictionary says it means,
you go to jail.
No...
“A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices
that constitutes a way of viewing reality
for the community that sh...
Paradigm “Shift”
Thomas Kuhn
The Structure of Scientific Revolution
Scientific change is not
INCREMENTAL
but rather occurs in
MASSIVE SHIFTS
because…
Change is Non-Linear
PARADIGMS
DETERMINE
PERCEPTION
1. Unchallenged Dominant Paradigm
2. Discrepant Data
3. Anxiety & Reactivity
4. Conservative & Progressive Camps
5. Demoni...
Not entirely what the conservatives feared,
nor entirely what the progressives proposed.
Elements of both…and neither.
In ...
Examples of Paradigm Shifts?
EXAMPLES?
Paradigms
can be useful
when we recognize they are models of reality
can be harmful
when we confuse them with actual reali...
A Paradigm Rummage Sale!
What’s happening in the Church?
Every 500 years,
the Church feels compelled
to hold a giant rummage sale
– Phyllis Tickle
(quoting Mark Dyer)
The 500 Year...
Century Sale
Early 1st The Great Incarnation
Mid 5th The Great Excommunication
11th The Great Schism
16th The Great Reform...
Rummage Sale
OR
Fire Sale!
(Everything Must Go!)
Signs of the Times?
Living in an Age
of
Collapsing Paradigms
Where are we now?
Three Collapsing Paradigms
of Christian Unity
Christendom
POWER
Foundationalism
CERTAINTY
Religion
SECURITY
A COMMON ASSUM...
Unity = Uniformity
but in reality
Unity ≠ Uniformity
in reality
When
UNIFORMITY
is the
REQUIREMENT
for
COMMUNITY
Then
DIS/UNITY
is the
RESULT
Uniformity = Us vs. Them
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
US
THEM
THEM
THEM
THEM
THEM
THEM
THEM
THEM
THEM
Christi...
How does knowing these things help us?
perhaps a little
humility
about our
UNDERSTANDING OF GOD
the nature of paradigms means
we’re all a little bit wrong
perhaps a little
understanding
about
WHAT WE’RE GOING THROUGH
anxiety & reactivity
are natural responses to paradigm shifts
perhaps a little
insight
into our
BLIND SPOTS
liberal: a conservative who’s been mugged
conservative: a liberal who’s been...
perhaps a little
Compassion
for our
FELLOW TRAVELERS
all of us are trying to find a path into our
future that does not lea...
Recognize/Resist
Anxious Reactivity
Respond to change with
more compassion
Recognize/Resist
tendency to demonize
Deal with...
How did we get here?
Century Sale
Early 1st The Great Incarnation
Mid 5th The Great Excommunication
11th The Great Schism
16th The Great Reform...
Paradigms of Unity
Paradigm Premise Presumption Prognosis
Christendom Power
Power
w/o
Corruption
Dead
but
not buried
Found...
Foundationalism:
Two Paths to Certainty
Outside-In (Locke)
Process
Objective observation of
outside world
Progeny
Modern s...
Questions for Contemplation
In what ways might these collapsing paradigms
be continuing to affect:
• Your ministry?
• Your...
Where do we go from here?
Tools for the journey
THE QUESTION
When Our Old Paradigms
Collapse…
WHAT WILL REMAIN?
What will put the
UNITY
in Christian
COMMUNITY?
The Shift
PowerLove
Certainty
SecurityHope
Faith
Sound Familiar?
We’ve always known these applied
to individual Christians.
What would it be like
if we applied them
TO THE CHURCH?
the answer is…
YES!
(It all depends on your diagnosis)
May You Live in Interesting Times!
Curse or Blessing?
If you think you have to
REPAIR
the Church
Turbulent Times
can seem like a
CURSE
If you think WE are called
RE-PARADIGM
the Church with God’s help
Then we can begin
to see the changes we are facing as
BL...
CURSEBLESSING
The
PARADOX
at the heart of the
GOSPEL
So where do we start?
FAITH + HOPE + LOVE
What would it be like
if we applied them
TO THE CHURCH?
Orthodoxy is my doxy.
Heterodoxy is another man's doxy.
William Warburton
English literary critic and churchman, 1698-1779...
For
Conservative Christians
ORTHODOXY
has come to mean
HOLDING THE RIGHT BELIEFS
“Propositional Orthodoxy”
or
“ORTHOPROXY”
For
Liberal Christians
ORTHODOXY
has come to mean
LIVING RIGHT PRACTICES
“Ethical Orthodoxy”
or
“ORTHOPRAXY”
to move
INTO OUR FUTURE
taking with us
THE HEART OF WHAT WE ARE
we need a new way of thinking
about
ORTHODOXY
a way that recognizes that
ORTHOPROXY & ORTHOPRAXY
are just
TWO DIFFERENT SHELLS
for protecting the same
PEARL OF GREAT PR...
A
Radical Paradoxical
MIDDLE
WAY
A THIRD WAY
OF BEING CHRISTIAN
that
TRANSCENDS
LIBERAL & CONSERVATIVE
and thus includes
BOTH
Not a
COMPROMISE
for the sake of peace
But a
(paradoxical)
COMPREHENSION
for the sake of truth
Getting to the Root of
ORTHODOXY
ORTHO (lit. “Right”) + DOXY (lit. “Praise”)
=
“RIGHT PRAISE”
or
“APPROPRIATE RESPONSE”
(t...
a
Radical Focus
on the
Incarnation
call it
“INCARNATIONAL ORTHODOXY”
or
“INCARNATIONAL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY”
or simply
“PARADOXY”
WHAT IS AN
APPROPRIATE RESPONSE?
(to the incarnate presence of God)
Awe & Wonder
Overflowing Love
Yearning to Worship
Desi...
Promising Principles
of a New Way of Being Church
Oneness in Christ
Law of Love over Love of Law
Transformational Living
R...
Oneness in Christ
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life
Christ came
not to Teach the Truth
nor to Live the Truth
but to BE...
Law of Love over Love of Law
This is my commandment: that you love one another.
Fundamentalists
about the Law of Love
Chri...
Transformational Living
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation
Curbing Our
Dogma
Embracing
Divine Mystery
Emersio...
Curbing Our Dogma
Radical Hospitality/Agape Relationships
The one thing truly worthwhile is becoming God’s friend.
Non-Proselytizing
Evangel...
Organism over Organization
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.
Member-Driven
Vision & Mission
Gifts-B...
Church as Fractal Organism
Vestry Worship
5pm
11am
9am
Choir
Christian
Educ.
AdultTeen
Sunday
School
K-6
Middle
School
Pre...
Inclusive/Interdependent Community
When I am lifted up… I will draw all people to myself.
Community as a
Centered Set
Clea...
Centered-Set Christian Community
JESUS
CHRIST
US
US
US
Community w/o Boundaries
God is a circle whose center is
EVERYWHERE
and whose circumference is
Empedocles
Greek philosopher, ca 490-430 BCE
RIGHT BELIEF
and
RIGHT PRACTICE
are
NOT UNIMPORTANT
just
SECONDARY
FAITH
Our faith is not in Doctrine
(believing things about Christ)
Our faith is not in Practice
(trying to live like Chris...
HOPE
Christ’s love transforms
(the Community and the Creation)
Changing hearts is Christ’s job, not ours
(we set aside our...
LOVE
Christ’s love for us creates Christian community
(everything else is secondary)
We welcome and engage diversity
(love...
Questions?
Questions for Contemplation
Imagine what your church would it would feel like for
your church to leave behind the paradigm...
So What?
So what
does all this look like
IN PRACTICE?
So What?
It Depends
On Congregational Vision & Mission
On Congregational Charism & Call
On Community Context
So What?
D.Y.O.D.
(Do Your Own Discernment)
I can’t do it for you…
…but I can provide a framework
3-Step Discernment Process
1. Ministry Transformation Inquiry (Repeat PRN)
• Review Paradoxy-Ministry Matrix.
• Choose a P...
An Exercise to Try
• Review the Paradoxy Ministry Matrix.
• Pick a Paradoxy Principle that calls out to you.
• Imagine wha...
Setting Sail
Deming on Change
You don’t have to change...
…survival is not mandatory
Keeping Our Balance
Unrealistic Optimism
balanced with
Realistic Expectations
Keeping Our Balance
Salah al-Din and the Sparrow
Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, and leader of the fight
against the armies of the Crusades, was out riding his wa...
“Little sparrow,”
said Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn,
“Why do you lie in the middle of the road with your feet in the
air?”
“O great and mighty Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn,”
said the sparrow
(since everyone knew the great Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn),
“I am holding up the sky...
“Little sparrow,”
said Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn,
“Why would a tiny creature like yourself want hold up the
sky?”
“O great and mighty Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn,”
said the sparrow,
“I am holding up the sky because I heard it was falling.”
“Tiny sparrow,”
said Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn,
now mocking the little bird,
“How could one as small as you, with your spindly little l...
“One does what one can,”
said the sparrow,
“One does what one can.”
Closing Prayer
Grant that we may maintain
that middle way,
not as a compromise
for the sake of peace,
but as a comprehensi...
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  1. 1. Practicing Paradoxy Exploring Incarnational Christian Community April 2, 2013 Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
  2. 2. Who am I? Why is this important to me? What do I hope to leave you with? 3ImportantQuestions Getting On Board
  3. 3. Who are you? Why is this important to you? What do you hope to leave with? 3ImportantQuestions Getting On Board
  4. 4. What do I hope to leave you with? PROVISIONAL ANSWERS TO THREE QUESTIONS Where are we? How did we get here? Where do we go from here?
  5. 5. Starting Places The Transforming Power of Christ’s Love The Reality of Death & Resurrection Concursis Dei Believing Our Belovedness Overcoming Our Fear of Failure (Death) Imanu-El (With-Us God)
  6. 6. Where are we now?
  7. 7. May You Live in INTERESTING TIMES! Blessing?Curse?
  8. 8. Let me ask that a different way…
  9. 9. Blessing?Curse? Riding Drowning
  10. 10. It all depends on your point of view world view conceptual framework PARADIGM
  11. 11. It should be the law: If you use the word ‘paradigm’ without knowing what the dictionary says it means, you go to jail. No exceptions. – David B. Jones, CTO of Innovative Robotics A word about Paradigms
  12. 12. “A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them.” – American Heritage Dictionary Paradigm (Definition)
  13. 13. Paradigm “Shift” Thomas Kuhn The Structure of Scientific Revolution
  14. 14. Scientific change is not INCREMENTAL but rather occurs in MASSIVE SHIFTS because… Change is Non-Linear
  15. 15. PARADIGMS DETERMINE PERCEPTION
  16. 16. 1. Unchallenged Dominant Paradigm 2. Discrepant Data 3. Anxiety & Reactivity 4. Conservative & Progressive Camps 5. Demonizing of Opposition 6. Dominant Paradigm Collapses 7. New Paradigm Emerges How Scientific Paradigms Shift
  17. 17. Not entirely what the conservatives feared, nor entirely what the progressives proposed. Elements of both…and neither. In other words, paradoxical & transcendent. Characteristics of Emerging Paradigms
  18. 18. Examples of Paradigm Shifts? EXAMPLES?
  19. 19. Paradigms can be useful when we recognize they are models of reality can be harmful when we confuse them with actual reality (or truth) Living in “Interesting” Times
  20. 20. A Paradigm Rummage Sale! What’s happening in the Church?
  21. 21. Every 500 years, the Church feels compelled to hold a giant rummage sale – Phyllis Tickle (quoting Mark Dyer) The 500 Year Rummage Sale
  22. 22. Century Sale Early 1st The Great Incarnation Mid 5th The Great Excommunication 11th The Great Schism 16th The Great Reformation 21st The Great _________? Living in “Interesting” Times
  23. 23. Rummage Sale OR Fire Sale! (Everything Must Go!) Signs of the Times?
  24. 24. Living in an Age of Collapsing Paradigms Where are we now?
  25. 25. Three Collapsing Paradigms of Christian Unity Christendom POWER Foundationalism CERTAINTY Religion SECURITY A COMMON ASSUMPTION
  26. 26. Unity = Uniformity but in reality Unity ≠ Uniformity
  27. 27. in reality When UNIFORMITY is the REQUIREMENT for COMMUNITY Then DIS/UNITY is the RESULT
  28. 28. Uniformity = Us vs. Them US US US US US US US US US US US US US US US THEM THEM THEM THEM THEM THEM THEM THEM THEM Christianity as a Bounded Set
  29. 29. How does knowing these things help us?
  30. 30. perhaps a little humility about our UNDERSTANDING OF GOD the nature of paradigms means we’re all a little bit wrong
  31. 31. perhaps a little understanding about WHAT WE’RE GOING THROUGH anxiety & reactivity are natural responses to paradigm shifts
  32. 32. perhaps a little insight into our BLIND SPOTS liberal: a conservative who’s been mugged conservative: a liberal who’s been arrested
  33. 33. perhaps a little Compassion for our FELLOW TRAVELERS all of us are trying to find a path into our future that does not leave behind the heart of who we are
  34. 34. Recognize/Resist Anxious Reactivity Respond to change with more compassion Recognize/Resist tendency to demonize Deal with opponents not as enemies but as fellow travelers whose insights we need
  35. 35. How did we get here?
  36. 36. Century Sale Early 1st The Great Incarnation Mid 5th The Great Excommunication 11th The Great Schism 16th The Great Reformation 21st The Great _________? Living in “Interesting” Times
  37. 37. Paradigms of Unity Paradigm Premise Presumption Prognosis Christendom Power Power w/o Corruption Dead but not buried Foundationalism Certainty Rationality w/o Sin Auto- Immune Syndrome Religion Security Stability w/o Death Imagine no Religion
  38. 38. Foundationalism: Two Paths to Certainty Outside-In (Locke) Process Objective observation of outside world Progeny Modern science Modern Fundamentalism (Inerrant Scripture) Inside-Out (Descartes) Process Objective analysis of internal experience Progeny Modern philosophy Liberal Biblical Analysis (If in doubt, throw it out)
  39. 39. Questions for Contemplation In what ways might these collapsing paradigms be continuing to affect: • Your ministry? • Your congregation’s ministry? • Your diocese’s ministry? • Your denominations ministry?
  40. 40. Where do we go from here? Tools for the journey
  41. 41. THE QUESTION When Our Old Paradigms Collapse… WHAT WILL REMAIN? What will put the UNITY in Christian COMMUNITY?
  42. 42. The Shift PowerLove Certainty SecurityHope Faith Sound Familiar?
  43. 43. We’ve always known these applied to individual Christians. What would it be like if we applied them TO THE CHURCH?
  44. 44. the answer is… YES! (It all depends on your diagnosis) May You Live in Interesting Times! Curse or Blessing?
  45. 45. If you think you have to REPAIR the Church Turbulent Times can seem like a CURSE
  46. 46. If you think WE are called RE-PARADIGM the Church with God’s help Then we can begin to see the changes we are facing as BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE
  47. 47. CURSEBLESSING The PARADOX at the heart of the GOSPEL
  48. 48. So where do we start?
  49. 49. FAITH + HOPE + LOVE What would it be like if we applied them TO THE CHURCH?
  50. 50. Orthodoxy is my doxy. Heterodoxy is another man's doxy. William Warburton English literary critic and churchman, 1698-1779 (Bishop of Gloucester from 1759) The Problem Orthodoxy has come to mean different things to different people.
  51. 51. For Conservative Christians ORTHODOXY has come to mean HOLDING THE RIGHT BELIEFS “Propositional Orthodoxy” or “ORTHOPROXY”
  52. 52. For Liberal Christians ORTHODOXY has come to mean LIVING RIGHT PRACTICES “Ethical Orthodoxy” or “ORTHOPRAXY”
  53. 53. to move INTO OUR FUTURE taking with us THE HEART OF WHAT WE ARE we need a new way of thinking about ORTHODOXY
  54. 54. a way that recognizes that ORTHOPROXY & ORTHOPRAXY are just TWO DIFFERENT SHELLS for protecting the same PEARL OF GREAT PRICE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST
  55. 55. A Radical Paradoxical MIDDLE WAY
  56. 56. A THIRD WAY OF BEING CHRISTIAN that TRANSCENDS LIBERAL & CONSERVATIVE and thus includes BOTH
  57. 57. Not a COMPROMISE for the sake of peace But a (paradoxical) COMPREHENSION for the sake of truth
  58. 58. Getting to the Root of ORTHODOXY ORTHO (lit. “Right”) + DOXY (lit. “Praise”) = “RIGHT PRAISE” or “APPROPRIATE RESPONSE” (to the incarnate presence of God)
  59. 59. a Radical Focus on the Incarnation
  60. 60. call it “INCARNATIONAL ORTHODOXY” or “INCARNATIONAL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY” or simply “PARADOXY”
  61. 61. WHAT IS AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE? (to the incarnate presence of God) Awe & Wonder Overflowing Love Yearning to Worship Desire for Relationship
  62. 62. Promising Principles of a New Way of Being Church Oneness in Christ Law of Love over Love of Law Transformational Living Radical Hospitality/Agape Relationships Organism over Organization Inclusive/Interdependent Community
  63. 63. Oneness in Christ I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life Christ came not to Teach the Truth nor to Live the Truth but to BE the TRUTH Christ’s love is the only sufficient basis for Christian community As Christ’s adopted family we are stuck with each other (“Walton’s Mountain” Theology)
  64. 64. Law of Love over Love of Law This is my commandment: that you love one another. Fundamentalists about the Law of Love Christ’s love creates community Christ’s community manifests love
  65. 65. Transformational Living If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation Curbing Our Dogma Embracing Divine Mystery Emersion Into New Creation (If Christ, so what?)
  66. 66. Curbing Our Dogma
  67. 67. Radical Hospitality/Agape Relationships The one thing truly worthwhile is becoming God’s friend. Non-Proselytizing Evangelism Radical Hospitality Love To Tell The Story
  68. 68. Organism over Organization There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. Member-Driven Vision & Mission Gifts-Based Leadership & Organization Provisional Structures & Processes
  69. 69. Church as Fractal Organism Vestry Worship 5pm 11am 9am Choir Christian Educ. AdultTeen Sunday School K-6 Middle School Pre-K ? TaizeAdult ? Outreach LocalIntl ?
  70. 70. Inclusive/Interdependent Community When I am lifted up… I will draw all people to myself. Community as a Centered Set Clear Focus on WHO is at the Center Boundaries few/low No Tests for Admission (Incarnational Community)
  71. 71. Centered-Set Christian Community JESUS CHRIST US US US Community w/o Boundaries
  72. 72. God is a circle whose center is EVERYWHERE and whose circumference is Empedocles Greek philosopher, ca 490-430 BCE
  73. 73. RIGHT BELIEF and RIGHT PRACTICE are NOT UNIMPORTANT just SECONDARY
  74. 74. FAITH Our faith is not in Doctrine (believing things about Christ) Our faith is not in Practice (trying to live like Christ) Our faith is in Relationship (loving the incarnate person of Christ) the Church’s one foundation
  75. 75. HOPE Christ’s love transforms (the Community and the Creation) Changing hearts is Christ’s job, not ours (we set aside our need to convert others) Our job is to make Christ’s love tangible. (we welcome all unconditionally) if anyone is in Christ, there is a New Creation
  76. 76. LOVE Christ’s love for us creates Christian community (everything else is secondary) We welcome and engage diversity (love where it “shouldn’t” be -- a sign of the Holy Spirit) We believe Christ’s love for us has made us a family (we are stuck with each other even when we disagree) We are Fundamentalists about the Law of Love (love God, love each other, the rest is commentary) the greatest of these
  77. 77. Questions?
  78. 78. Questions for Contemplation Imagine what your church would it would feel like for your church to leave behind the paradigms of Security, Certainty, and Power (Control), and move toward becoming a community based on Faith, Hope, and Love. • What is the cost of becoming a new kind of community? • What is the promise? • What is the cost of staying as you are? • What is the promise?
  79. 79. So What? So what does all this look like IN PRACTICE?
  80. 80. So What? It Depends On Congregational Vision & Mission On Congregational Charism & Call On Community Context
  81. 81. So What? D.Y.O.D. (Do Your Own Discernment) I can’t do it for you… …but I can provide a framework
  82. 82. 3-Step Discernment Process 1. Ministry Transformation Inquiry (Repeat PRN) • Review Paradoxy-Ministry Matrix. • Choose a Paradoxy Principle that calls out. • Imagine what each ministry area looks like if applied. 2. People-Gifts Inquiry (Repeat PRN) • Review People-Gifts Matrix. • Choose a Leadership Gift that calls out. • Imagine who in your congregation might have that gift. 3. People-Ministry Midrash (Repeat PRN) • Review People-Gifts Matrix & Paradoxy-Ministry Matrix. • Let the two matrices “wrestle” & see what emerges,
  83. 83. An Exercise to Try • Review the Paradoxy Ministry Matrix. • Pick a Paradoxy Principle that calls out to you. • Imagine what your church’s various ministry areas would look like (how they would change) as you applied that principle. (free association is encouraged)
  84. 84. Setting Sail
  85. 85. Deming on Change You don’t have to change... …survival is not mandatory
  86. 86. Keeping Our Balance Unrealistic Optimism balanced with Realistic Expectations
  87. 87. Keeping Our Balance
  88. 88. Salah al-Din and the Sparrow
  89. 89. Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, and leader of the fight against the armies of the Crusades, was out riding his warhorse near Jerusalem one day when he came upon a tiny little sparrow, lying in the middle of the road with its feet in the air. At first Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn thought the sparrow dead, but as he drew closer he discovered that the bird was alive and had assumed the position on purpose.
  90. 90. “Little sparrow,” said Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn, “Why do you lie in the middle of the road with your feet in the air?”
  91. 91. “O great and mighty Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn,” said the sparrow (since everyone knew the great Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn), “I am holding up the sky.”
  92. 92. “Little sparrow,” said Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn, “Why would a tiny creature like yourself want hold up the sky?”
  93. 93. “O great and mighty Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn,” said the sparrow, “I am holding up the sky because I heard it was falling.”
  94. 94. “Tiny sparrow,” said Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn, now mocking the little bird, “How could one as small as you, with your spindly little legs, have any hope of holding up the sky?”
  95. 95. “One does what one can,” said the sparrow, “One does what one can.”
  96. 96. Closing Prayer Grant that we may maintain that middle way, not as a compromise for the sake of peace, but as a comprehension for the sake of truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord… Amen. Lesser Feasts and Fasts (TEC, 2006)
  97. 97. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License. To view a copy of this license, visit: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ by The Rev. Ken Howard www.PracticingParadoxy.com Germantown, Maryland
  98. 98. Contact Information Tele 301-704-3290 Email VicOfNick@PracticingParadoxy.com Web www.PracticingParadoxy.com Facebook www.facebook.com/PracticingParadoxy Twitter www.twitter.com/Paradoxy101
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