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W. Hunter Roberts
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Rev.Dr. W. Hunter Roberts, spiritual pundit, is a an ordained Swedenborgian minister, a "red-letter" Christian, and a spiritual entrepreneur, coach, and counselor. She pastors a post-modern ministry in Budapest, Hungary,, which will marry any consenting adults who are sincere of heart. She consults by SKYPE. Email her:

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Contraception: A Big Ape Ruling

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:40 PM

Let's get this much straight: There is nothing remotely spiritual or religious behind Monday's Supreme Court's decision protecting a boss's privilege to decide if his (female) workers may have access to birth control through their health insurance. Although couched in the language of rights to exercise religious freedom,...

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God, Kiev and House of Cards

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 7:41 PM

During the Cold War my boyfriend and I traveled through Eastern Europe in a Volkswagen van. We bounced along one-lane dirt roads through occupied Transylvania, where people were too frightened to talk to us. Camped along back roads bordering the Black Sea, locals who had never seen Americans brought us...

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Holy Doubt

(29) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Comparing dogmatic atheism to religious fundamentalism proved to be more inflammatory than I expected. It's easy to see from the responses to my last blog, "Atheists: The New Fundamentalists?" how heretics got burned not so long ago. I felt disturbingly akin to them as I was pilloried for...

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Atheism: The New Fundamentalism?

(127) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 8:09 AM

"I don't believe in God," he said looking up from the menu. Was he challenging me because he knows I'm a Christian minister, I wondered?

Peter was the husband of a close friend, who had kindly done me a favor. To show my appreciation I was taking him to...

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The Secrets Of Work-Life Balance

(6) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 12:33 PM

I recently completed one of those 360-degree review things, where you are reviewed by associates, clients, coworkers, supervisors, and supervisees, who evaluate your leadership qualities. Most of the results were pretty predictable, from my point of view. Except for one: People rated me in, like, the 96th percentile on "balance."...

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What Matters: A Christian Pastor's Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage

(216) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 11:52 AM

I hear that some Christian pastors are having a problem with President Obama's support of gay people's right to marry. Why? What does the Bible really say about gay relationships?

The Book of Leviticus is often quoted to justify objections to same-sex love. Leviticus 18:22 clearly states:...

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What Matters: Taking Back Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 11:19 AM

Lately I've been talking with a lot of people who feel out of control. I don't mean they feel out of control just regarding the economy and politics. Many of us feel that way, and with good reason. I mean their very own day-to-day lives seem out of their control....

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Notes of an Ex-Pat, Epilogue: The First Year

(10) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 12:56 PM

Malev flight 4049 is halfway across the Atlantic, and I am on it, en route to JFK. Less than 48 hours ago, the transatlantic shipping company that took my stuff away in August of 2010 delivered it all to my door. The timing was admittedly weird, but thinking it had...

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Sexual Anarchy and Other Worries

(15) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 1:32 PM

It's puzzling on the face of it. A lot of people calling themselves Christian seem far more concerned with what people do in their private lives, and with their private parts, than what they do in their relationships with God and their neighbor. But actually Jesus had very little to...

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Public Exposure and Private Voyeurism: Why Don't We Do It in the Road?

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 5:12 PM

Anthony Weiner's pecker and Arnold's mistress. The tabloids, and even the more "respectable" publications like the Huffington Post, are increasingly filling their pages with celebrity gossip. Apparently most Americans are fascinated with people who think they can get away with things we can't, or don't, but...

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Notes of an Ex-Pat 4: Jumping Tracks

(8) Comments | Posted May 22, 2011 | 5:08 PM

I keep having this vision. I am in a little wooden rowboat, out in the middle of the ocean. I can row, but there's not much point. I lost my compass a couple of years ago, so I wouldn't know which direction to head, anyhow. I just try to keep...

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Notes of an Ex-Pat 3: Are You Lonesome Tonight?

(13) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 12:09 PM

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. It's the end of January -- another cold, gray day in Budapest. I've been here nearly three months. I am walking down Baross utca near Kalvin ter, on my way to my new favorite kavehaz, when it hits. As I come...

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Notes of an Ex-Pat 2: Democrats Abroad

(3) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 4:40 PM

Democrats Abroad Hungary is a motley crew. We each have our own story. A few are students, here for a term or two. There are those who came for a job years ago and never left, and others who can't wait to leave. Some have family ties. Some married Central...

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Notes of an Ex-Pat 1: View From the Bridge

(17) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 11:46 AM

From my window I see sheets of ice floating down the Danube. It's mid-winter, and I am finally here in Budapest. Last week I went with a Hungarian lawyer to the Immigration office, where we applied for a residency permit, making it official. At last I can send for the...

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Election Day Blues

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 10:18 AM

Election Day 2010. I think of a piece of graffiti from the 1970's encapsulates it: "America is like the biggest department store in the world, but they still don't have your size." It seems I'm not the only person to feel this way.

I think back two long years to...

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Stuffing It

(2) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 12:00 PM

August 30. I've been back in the U.S. for a month and 10 days. It's hard to believe just six weeks ago I was swimming in the crystal waters of the Adriatic and eating little fish friends in olive oil. It's one thing to decide to leave. It's another to...

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Notes of an Ex-Pat: Deciding Not to Come Back

(20) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 12:21 PM

July Fourth. Drinking morning tea on the deck of Philip's house in Koskina, on the island of Evia, in Greece, I can hear the BBC News playing inside. It is Independence Day in the U.S. People are getting ready for barbecues and beach parties with their families. Or maybe not....

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Notes of A Temporary Ex-Pat #6--Escaping the Matrix

(5) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 12:36 PM

It's been exactly two months. On April 3rd I wrote the first installment of "Notes of A Temporary Ex-Pat." It's not looking so temporary anymore. Walking down Visegradi Street, passing little butcher shops and greengrocers, I think to myself, "I made it; I got out of the Matrix." I breathe...

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Notes of a Temporary Ex-pat #5: In Praise of Ex-Pats

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 1:30 PM

Note to Self: Accept any and all invitations which are not either (1) prohibitively expensive or (2) a danger to life and limb.

In three weeks, I have heard three classical piano concerts, one singer of American folk blues (definitely a low...

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Notes of a Temporary Ex-Pat #4: The Details Without the Devil

(4) Comments | Posted April 25, 2010 | 2:29 PM

It's Saturday afternoon in Budapest. The shops are shutting down for the rest of the weekend, a civilized custom, I think. I arrived at this exact time two weeks ago. I'm getting used to life here. The smoke is bothering me a little...

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