AW/Vents/ Encounters this week: Hmm. Not much going on. I feel lucky that there's no one in my life who regularly makes trouble for me about religion.
QOTW: When traveling would you participate in a religious service for the experience? Yes! Definitely. When I can observe ('participate' may mean things I wouldn't do?) religious services I always like to.
AW/Vent/Encounters: Nothing much going on here as well.
QOTW: While traveling, I think know, unless I was with people I knew and it is their religion and they assure me it's fine. I would not take a eucharist, for instance, it's not meant for me as a heathen, but I would attend a church wedding/funeral service, sing along etc. Knowing what I would do when traveling would be harder, because I would not be familiar with the nature of the service and would like to allow everyone to experience their religion without intrusion if they wish to do so. Therefore I'd rely on someone in that community to fill me in. If the feel it's ok to just oberve I would.
I'm a newbie. DH and I are both atheist/agnostic (I only say agnostic because I feel there is no way to know for sure, not because I have any doubt about my beliefs, or lack there of.)
QOTD: Yes I would. I think it is important to respect other cultures and beliefs, and religion has such an important historical impact for most cultures and if you are traveling it is likely you will experience that in some way. I visited the Vatican and it was fascinating. I would not take a eucharist. I also think it's important for our kids to experience different beliefs, we want them to know it is up to each of us to decide what we believe and why.
Both DH and I are atheists and we live in Sweden so it is a very secular society where our kids get really very little exposure to religious concepts. Our neighbors are devout Muslims and my kids play with their kids a lot, so occasionally I hear their funny conversations about religion, but outside of that I don't think there is much.
We struggle with teaching our children about what belief is as non-believers, and my kids really don't get it. But I do feel it is important they understand that some people believe in God, Jesus, etc. so that they can understand the world.
AW/Vents/ Encounters this week: Don't know if this counts, but yesterday the kids found some old Easter candy they got from their grandparents and so at the dinner table DS1 (who is 6) announced 'God is dead' and when I asked him to elaborate he did say 'Yes, he died on Easter, but he died TWICE!' So, as you can see, we have a ways to go.
QOTW: When traveling would you participate in a religious service for the experience?
Yes, I do this whenever I can because I think it is really interesting. I was actually an aupair to a pentecostal family in Europe and want to their church a few times because I wanted to see it for myself. They were very welcoming. I've also been to Israel and attended ceremonies there. In all of the cases though, I was an invited guest.
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