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« Reply #15: May 11, 2007, 01:05:06 am »

I was baptized and confirmed Methodist, and now have little use for the Church, but hold the (local) community in great esteem.

I was born, baptized and raised Mormon. However, throughout my teens and into my early adult years, I lost that sense of wonder and belonging that I had had when younger. I now wonder if that isn't/wasn't because I never truly felt like I belonged and/or got the help I so desperately wanted and always asked for from the leaders of my home church.

I now have very little contact with my local Mormon church as I don't feel any sense of belonging there at all and even feel like they're all looking down their noses at me for my lifestyle. Or, hell, for that matter, even my "lack" of a "religion" that's up to their standards.

I'm sorry. Since when do four walls, a roof, a congregation and a preacher-man a religion make? I get better fellowship HERE on TC where each person follows his or her own religion or lack thereof!

Now, however, my best friend is a retired Methodist minister and he doesn't judge me for who I am or what I believe (or don't believe as the case may be). In fact, it was he who really gave me the push to start down the path I walk today when he sent me The Complete Idiot's Guide to Celtic Wisdom by Carl McColman for my birthday one year.  Smiley

I hope this makes sense and that I'm not totally rambling incoherently here!

(Disclaimer: this is my experience and my feelings. No offense to anybody who may feel different than I do. Wink )
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« Reply #16: May 11, 2007, 06:10:04 am »

*nods*  That's what I was trying to say.  My parents didn't take any choice away from me; if there were no choice, there'd be no need for Confirmation.  They just promised to raise me Christian.  Nothing about what might happen when I was making my own decisions, as far as I remember from the last time I looked at the service.

I was both baptized and comfirmed, but at the time I was thinking of becoming a nun and to me it was just something that the others were doing.  I later realized that I didn't have any feeling of connection to the Church ... and way too many doubts and questions that no one would/could answer.

A year after my Confirmation, I found Wicca.

One of my kids is baptized and one is not.  Matt was born during a time I walked away from  Wicca and so we had him baptized, planning on raising him in the Church.  Even after I returned to Wicca, Matt was taken to church when he wished.  Both kids were raised to know that decisions on spiritual matters would be theirs to decide they matured.  While they were waiting to grow up, we exposed them to different religions and taught them to question.  Always question.

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