I think you hit the nail on the head when you said church isn't like a grocery store that you can shop around. Why not? You make comparisons on every other decision you make in life...why not when it comes to a huge decision like faith? I think secular religions preach that you can't "shop around" becuase they want to keep you in that particular church. I won't go any further, becuase I personally am against organized religion...and I don't share my views with people often (becuase then people tend to fight with me).
I say if you feel a void and need the community of religion to fill it...then find a church you feel completely comfortable in, and don't stop searching until you find it!
I love my UCC church. I hope that you find comfort in whatever church you choose. I'd love to go to your outside service ~ how fun!
Thanks Debbie-cat, as always. I think we feel the same way. In the end, I may go back to the church of my birth, but I am not there yet. Church was always something I fought against growing up, but now I remember the peace of Church and would like to bring that back into my life. My husband is also one of the most spiritual people I know, but he'll never "practice" his faith anywhere but in nature, and in his kindness to all living things (except ticks).
qsaver, I am also sorry if I offended, I was just talking about my own internal stuggle and comfort issues. Like I said to Debbie, I am not there yet.
took the quiz: Unitarian Universalism
but i practice judaism despite my score being 53%
you gotta do whatever works for you
Well then, I took the quiz/test. I figured, what the heck! My number one was Orthodox Quaker. Guess that tells you why I had so many point to disagree with you.
Well, I as a Evanglical Christian (from the south) that has talked the Bible believing ways all my life have all sorts of comments running through my head. But reading your post, it seems that you have heard them all and it would be rude for me to try to "preach" to you when you are here sharing a story.
I like taking care of the enviroment too, but feel it is more of a personal passion than part of my religion. I do agree that we should take care of what God gives us.I just figure there are so many other topics that my pastor can address in church service.
I do believe you can change religion-not over and over on a whim. I do hope the child that was raised atheist will have a chance to change their mind if they so choose.
Probably still too long of a comment, but I did reserve most of my "preaching" comments that ran through my head. Didn't mean to offend. We certainly have different views, however.
Funny you mention this topic. I left my church (Roman Catholic) after my divorce (the church did give me an annulment) but I never felt comfortable going back after the split. I have been thinking about returning (to the Catholic faith) because I really miss it. I am not one of those people who feel comfortable 'talking' religion to anyone.. I just prefer my own quiet way. I too haven't told my husband. I will be going on my own as he doesn't believe in having to 'practice' religion. Good luck with your new choice!
I have attended all kinds of Churches and still do. As long as they believe in the main tenants of Christian faith or are not trying to work their way in. I say go for whatever makes you happy. I attend Lutheran and Calvary Chapel and they both are very good. I am happy the church has some environmental things. The Lutherans are also very good about teaching to use your recourses wisely and even time, can be given. So service is revered. There are a lot of Christians who recycle etc because we need to be good stewards. I tend to like a bible church where they actually go thru the book and I learn something each time I go. I get a renewed peace each time I go, hope you find the same peace. How can that be bad.Good Luck finding a church.
Wonderful,story. I will think of happy weddings when I see a orange lily now.
I love that story and I also believe in signs like that. Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary and for sticking it out when you were ready to be done.
Wonderful story. I hope you have many more happy years together. Happy Anniversary!
What a great story! Happy early anniversary!
Glad to hear that the lilies remind you a wonderful day in your life, and hope you have lots of orange lilies in your future!
Your talking with and thanking your bees is a very Hawaiian thing to do - respect for the world at large and bees in particular. When we pick flowers we always that the trees and bushes for their creations. What a wonderful world you are creating!!
Okay, I am officially jealous of you. I read up on beekeeping, but decided I don't have time right now to try a new project that involves living creatures. Maybe in a few years. Definitely something I would love to hear more about, though, and I hope you continue to post progress reports!
Wow, that sounds like an amazing project! I am glad you are having such success with them and I am sure there will be nothing sweeter than the taste of the honey from your own bees.