How do you feel about regularly participating in events/traditions/ceremonies of other faiths?
My family is Catholic. DH & I are very happy with our choice of religion and we are raising DS Catholic as well. I feel it is my duty as his parent to raise him this way, and I realize at some point his faith will ultimately be his decision, but it's important to me to establish a firm foundation for him.
I am fascinated by other religions and enjoy attending other services and ceremonies for educational purposes or to support others (i.e. wedding/funeral/rite of passage). I don't really see a problem with that. What I'm a bit conflicted about is attending regular gatherings for personal (though non-religious) fulfillment.
Our community is non-Christian -- our closest friends span the gamut from non-religious to Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, UU, etc., but none are Christian or Catholic. We love our friends & they are our chosen family. As a group, many of us are really interested in meditation and things like that... I want to join in on the activities and gatherings but I am worried that it might be inappropriate to get too into other faiths (mainly Buddhism) and confuse my toddler (or myself!)
I don't want to be Buddhist and don't agree with all of it but there are aspects I really like about it and I guess I want to just take what makes sense to my family & mentally leave the rest behind. This would not take the place of Catholicism in our lives... I view our participation in Buddhist events (retreats etc. I'm just using Buddhism as an example) more on a physical & community level than a spiritual level, because spirituality has a different meaning for me and is focused on God. On one level, I feel like it's no different than going to story time at the library or a concert or something -- just something we do for enjoyment & to be with others. But on another level, I know this is a religion for many. I don't want to offend any Buddhists by my participation. I don't want to confuse DS with all this. I don't want to lose sight of my purpose here on earth. I'm not sure if I'm making sense. I just wanted to get an idea of how others feel about this.