Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Buried under homework, papers, and
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I have been a spiritual quester as well. I was raised by atheist/agnostic parents and grew up a predominiately roman catholic area and attended catholic schools. When I was in the Army and pregnant with ds thousands of miles from home, my Southern Baptist chaplain's Gospel Protestant Service filled my need for community and faith expression.
I wanted to return to my Catholic faith, but when I was told by several priests that the only way I could be considered a "good" catholic was to have my husband undergo the annulment process, for an exorbitant fee. I was all, "thanks, but no thanks" . My dh is not catholic nor married in the catholic church the first time around. Maybe if I were more of a practicing catholic, but I couldn't see how reopening the wounds from his first marriage which were barely healed was going to help our marriage out.
So I told my husband that I wanted to raise my kids in a church, and that he could pick it out. That was beginning of our LDS phase. I have good many great LDS friends, but I have to say that other than its written focus on family relationships, it did a lot of harm to our psyches.
I feel close theologically to the UUs, but my local congregation didn't have that community feel. It didn't nourish my spirit very well.
Even though, I am not a Christian except in the sense that I acknowledge Christian holidays as my cultural heritage, I am currently attending a Congregational church. They are theologically very liberal, the ministers are very down to earth, and no one noses into your business. They have a great kids program and wonderful activities for grownups. As a fairly wealthy congregation, they make sure that time, talent and money is funnelled into charitable projects. For instance we spend one Sunday a quarter at a soup kitchen.
As I write all this, I realize it isn't so much that I want to know the "truth", but that I want to be part of a community of likeminded folks. People who care about me and my family and want to work together for the greater good.
One of my spiritual mentors is Marianne Williamson. She speaks regularily at a church near me and I like her message of hope and love. Her books are good but Marianne in person is so powerful.
Sorry this is so long. I guess I had a lot to get off my chest!