Believe-O-Matic, or Looking for a new Church
by, 07-09-2009 at 08:47 AM (1854 Views)
I can already imagine the comments this may bring, but I've decided to go back to church. Not the church of my birth (Roman Catholic), but church in general.
I find I need and crave the structured time to reflect spiritually, and looking for a strong spiritual community. I discovered a church about 6 miles from my house, a United Church of Christ parish (is that even the right word for a Protestant community?). They have a strong environmental message and on Saturdays at 4 p.m. they have a service in their Chapel in the Woods, and outdoor service with environmental themes and it takes place in God's good green earth regardless of the weather. It sounded beautiful to me.
I'm nervous as anything, I long for the structure of time at church and a spiritual awareness, but I tend to be VERY uncomfortable with Christians focus on Jesus and the Bible. It sounds totally bizarre, doesn't it? I'm sure it does to any evangelical, but nothing makes me more uncomfortable than when someone tells me "well, the Bible says..." or speaks of their personal relationship with Jesus (I just think it's one of those things where words fail, and trying to talk about it just sounds so inadequate and silly).
I was curious where I stood theologically, so I searched the internet for this silly quiz called "Believe O Matic" (oh, how easy is that!)which asks you 20 questions and then based on your answers ranks the religions of the world. My top answer, no surprise, was Unitarian Universalist, followed by Liberal Quakerism, neo-paganism (?) and "Liberal Christian Protestantism." Roman Catholicism ranks a distant 26, behind Islam (#14) and Buddism (#9).
So, this weekend I'll be trying out United Church of Christ, the world Christ itself has me on edge, but I had a warmer feeling about this church than I did with our Local UU church (where you can listen to sermons online).
I never thought you could change faiths, I always said "religion is not like a grocery store where you can go in and pick out a new faith like it was a new kind of cereal on sale." So I've been praying this goes well, scared as anything, hoping for the best.
Oh, and I haven't told my husband yet.