December Circle: Your religious past and present
Posted by Rev Lucy
Posted on December 8, 2017
Hello Circle folk –
In November you created and shared life lines with each other. This month we will reflect on our religious past and present and explore how our childhood experiences have influenced us.
In the past few years I have shared some of the story of my religious past with the congregation. When I was young, my parents would drive me to the local Baptist church (the closest church to our house) and drop me and my sister off at the front door. I knew that my parents had some religious conflicts between them (my mother had been raised strict Pentecostal; my father had rejected his Baptist upbringing) and so likely this drop off plan was a compromise. However, the Baptist church was not a good fit for me, in fact my experience there was rather traumatizing, and as soon as I was allowed not to go, it didn’t. For my sister, the church was a good fit and she has remained a Baptist throughout her life.
I was very troubled by the idea of Jesus’ death by crucifixion, but did not have anyone to talk to about it. I got the message that my parents didn’t want to talk about religion, and no one at the church took my concerns seriously, in fact I was discouraged from asking questions. So, in my teens and twenties, I was believed that religion was not for me. It wasn’t until my thirties that I found Unitarian Universalism – a place where my questions were welcomed and encouraged. I have since reframed my ideas about God and faith so much that I decided to become a UU ministers.
What about you? How were you shaped by your childhood and family religious experiences? How has your understanding of God/Goddess/Spirit changed over the years of your life? Who has been your greatest religious of spiritual inspiration? I look forward to exploring these questions with you this month.
P.S. I will post supplemental readings next week.