I actually have a nice/weird encounter to report. The other day at the train station a woman can up to me with some sort of elevator pitch about the awesomeness of Jesus. she did not really engage, or aim at converting me. Just putting it out there that Jesus is great. After a bit she wished me a nice day and went looking for the next person.
QOTW Don't think I have pet peeves, just one major issue with organized religion which is that it often tends to exclude, and discourage people from finding their own truth. So more about the social / political side than anything
AW/Vents/ Encounters this week: Over the weekend, Mh said he wants to start attending church.*record scratch* He said he wants the community aspect of it, which I understand (given his various reasons for that particular type of community). I suggested UU, since it's more open than traditional churches, but I just don't know. I mean, I'm definitely not going, or at least not often, and if he wants to take LO, he's going to have to do it on his own, but I'd prefer that she not be part of that as she gets older and can understand more (she's only 10m).
QOTW: Do you have a pet peeve about religion? If so what's your biggest one? The exclusion that is part of religion, and the push to "convert" people. I still feel bad about this: as a kid (like 10yo?), it was made pretty clear to me that you HAVE to be baptized in order to go to heaven. I told my bff about it and she started crying b/c her mom had never been baptized. I think that was probably my first real brush with doubt- her mom was a good person, why should this one thing make her ineligible? I ended up asking my preacher something like "what about people in the amazon, who've never heard of Jesus?" And he went on about revelations and there being time for everyone to repent or something. I'm guessing he didn't expect that.
Post by namastebiotches on Aug 3, 2016 8:20:38 GMT -5
I think my main issue is the holier than thou type of attitude the religious people I've encountered have. It's usually not overly obnoxious but I could just sense it. That & how some make it seem like their religion is the absolute best & everyone should believe.
Post by ProfessorChaos on Aug 3, 2016 11:13:43 GMT -5
Hi, all! Never noticed this forum before, but I think I should go here. I recognize some familiar faces. We have one toddler and are trying to get another in the oven. I'm pretty much atheist (imaginary sky friends just make no sense to me), and DH is agnostic. I was raised attending relatively liberal churches, but DH basically knows nothing of Christianity. (He once asked, "Do Jews celebrate Easter?") I've been thinking about trying to check out my local Unitarian church, just for the community for my kid's sake, but I haven't willingly stepped foot in a church since I was about 12, and if they mention God I might have to leave. I'm unaware of any secular organizations in my area.
Encounters this week: Major drama with pro-gun, pro-death penalty, probably pro-war biatches who call themselves "pro-life" and flipped their shit when I said I thought the phrase "anti-choice" was a lot more accurate.
Pet peeve: Oh so many, but for this week: "Good Christian family."
AW/Vents/ Encounters this week: It was DH's cousin's birthday last week, so we had a small get together at his aunts house. We told them we needed to leave by 4:30 to get back home in time to start DD's bedtime routine (they live about an hour and a half from us). They assured us we would be eating at 3ish. FF to 4:15 and food is just getting done. Normally we have to go through the whole drawn out process of everyone filling the plates, sitting down, holding hands and doing the before dinner prayer. I really really wanted to leave on time so I just got a plate sat down and started eating. DH's cousin stared at me, then just started eating herself. Her mom comes over and says "we didn't do the prayer!" and cousin goes everyone's just eating, its' fine. THIS IS HUGE. It's the first time I have every gone to a get together with his family and avoided the prayer. I'm not sure I'll ever get away with this technique again.
QOTW: Do you have a pet peeve about religion? If so what's your biggest one? I also have a ton. I know someone who did a mission trip. They told me how one of the things that they were taught is to respect the culture of the local people. Wait, isn't the local religion PART of their culture? So basically you're job is to respect their culture but convince them that THAT part of their culture is wrong. I just can't stand that the religious community claims to be morally superior and then I hear things like this.
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