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What is The Bird and Baby Philosophy Club?
The Bird & Baby is a ministry for the Upstate, operating in many ways as an old-fashioned social club.
The Bird & Baby was founded upon the idea that the Christian Gospel must by its nature have a
robust and healthy manifestation in the Church and the culture it creates. The Bird and Baby exists to assist in the cultivation of this robust and healthy Christian culture, in which individual believers can mature and develop their activity and engagement with their own culture.
To put it in a more light-hearted way, the patron saints of The Bird & Baby are The Inklings (J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams), and they watch over us from up above a cloud of pipe smoke, smiling beneficently. The House Guards of The Bird & Baby stand a little closer to earth, making sure that each member represents the club well. These House Guards are G. K. Chesterton, T. S. Eliot, Charles Spurgeon, and Winston Churchill.
The ethos of these men and their works shape this ministry and its membership. We're just a fun-loving bunch of thinkers and makers who hang out and talk with each other and with all sorts of guest speakers!
What is our Philosophy Club's Philosophy?
It's a philosophy, dang it! So it's about love, and it's about knowledge. It's about loving knowledge, and knowing love. It's also about waxing poetic, as you can see. The Bird & Baby is a platform for us like-minded types to get together and talk arts, or theology, or politics, or the weather.
We're a Trinitarian club, so we're all about diversity and harmony. To us “tension” means simply the energy that binds us together through our differences.
Our Philosophy Club is not an excuse to think together. Instead, it's a way for us to live and learn together in sweet nectary communion.
This Sounds Incredible. How Can I Support You?
First of all, by becoming a member. Dues are currently $180 a year, with monthly payments of $15 a month. Each membership is good for the entire family. One of our families has ten kids, so you know they got a great deal! You can also simply donate to us. We'll soon be posting an ideal budget for 2010, and if you would like to cover one of the budget lines, great or small, then many thanks! You can help with everything to keeping us in coffee to buying our rugby team equipment to contributing toward our poetry prizes.
What Denomination Are You Affiliated With, If Any?
None. Our by-laws require that officers affirm the Apostles' Creed, and that our Chaplain must have been a member for at least a year, and be an ordained minister in a recognized Christian denomination. Our current chaplain is Craig Beaton of the CREC. Part of our mission is to be a resource and ministry in as (small-c) catholic a way as possible, for all the Church in our area.
Of our four House Guards, three were devout Christians: a Roman Catholic, an Anglican, and a baptist. Suffice to say that we are Trinitarian Christians.
Membership is open to all, contingent on their willingness to abide by club rules!