I was wondering the same thing, Dela. I also wonder if I'm the only one here who sends my children to school!
I was raised loosely Christian (Episcopalian)...my single mother would take us to church in random stints, and my aunt is very religious born-again so sometimes we'd go along with them. I craved religion- I was allured by the rituals and the RULES! I remember trying to figure out, around 12 years old, if I could become Amish; I thought it was cool that they didn't use mirrors to ward off vanity. I also worshiped the Ingalls family and the Waltons, so though I wasn't raised in a religious home, I do believe that quite a lot of what I've come to believe came from those families. I'm very grateful that's where my guidance came from, as opposed to other t.v. shows of my childhood! My husband was not raised with a family religious practice but his father had considered becoming a minister and now his mother claims to be Wiccan; he was raised with a lot of education on different religions.
We celebrate a lot of festivals- Martinmas/lantern walk, Solstice, Advent, Saint Nicholas Day, Christmas, Easter, and May Day- all with a humanistic and pagan twist. I teach Waldorf preschool so there are a lot of ways I've been able to make the festivals relevant to all families (including mine!) regardless of their religious beliefs as I have pared them down more to their purpose/meaning and what lessons they have to offer. We also keep the fun parts- the Easter bunny, Christmas tree, Saint Nicholas. I am feeling really good with the rituals I've created for my family and using them as a venue for passing on family values.
We are liberal politically in general, though I have some more conservative judgments around certain issues that I notice differ from my circle of friends and even my husband.
Originally Posted by momtoafireteam
I dont really have a definitive faith, no. At least not one you can search by category in the phone book. ;) Mainly because most (not all) religions wildly conflict with my staunch uber liberal pro-everything lifestyle. I do have a belief in a higher being and strongly believe in many different things and ideas, I pray etc. But nothing strict or compartmentalized.
Sometimes I am envious of people who do though, it must be very reassuring in a lot of ways. I have often felt that people who have religions that prohibit birth control/ quiverful must have such a sense of calm. Unlike me who has a near constant "Should we have another baby?!?!?!?!?!?!?!" inner war with myself that is so, so exhausting.
So true!! Love that last line, I think I've said those exact words myself before!