My values define me more than my religion.
The pastor prepares himself for the question the widow will ask him once the funeral is over, the relatives go home, and the shock has worn off: “Did my husband go to hell?”
Encouraging My Younger Self
I go to him and stand invisible beside him.
Performing a Wiccan Wedding: A Change in Perspective
Recently, I performed my first Wiccan Wedding ceremony for a lovely young couple and their baby.
Throwing Away the Script
"I'm ashamed of you," she said. But she didn't mean it. Her religious leaders taught her to say such things and it caused her pain.
I Counted In Church
Leaving the church was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I have no qualms about letting go of God and religion. But the people--I loved them and I still do. I am aware of the flaws, dysfunction, and outright abuse that happened in many churches, and I understand that those who were … Continue reading I Counted In Church
I No Longer Reach for Heaven
I’m astounded that anyone could be persuaded to accept a way of life that guarantees their condemnation. But I’m sorry to say we made converts.
I Don’t Have to Go Back
I’m so appreciative of the medical community these days and I’m often concerned at how stressed they are. Even before Covid, many of them were overworked. I don’t know how they keep at it day after day. I wish I could show them support or even step in to work with them like I did … Continue reading I Don’t Have to Go Back
Truth, Lies, and Blue Skies
The biggest grudge I have against religion (particularly conservative religion) is that it urges people to lie....
A Pin, a Bracelet…, and Community
His eyes were a haunted mix of fatigue and defiance, as well as a touch of joy, I think.