There's a story that leads me to this place, but it's a story for another day. So I leap into this particular story with little preamble, and I begin here: At church tonight - my church, a church for which I have great affection - important words were said. Words that moved me with what, … Continue reading A night of reflection
My husband has a long personal history with religion. While the details of his story are not mine to tell, the relevant bit is that his life was constructed to culminate in an eventual career as a pastor. He obtained a Masters of Theology before converting to Catholicism and accidentally meeting some atheist on a … Continue reading Defining spirituality
After being effectively removed from religion as a teen, I adopted the label of agnostic. It was inoffensive and safe. The kind of label that said, in small-town Minnesotan fashion, "I don't really entirely believe in this, because I have questions, but it might be right, and who's to say? Certainly not me. So I'll … Continue reading The dangers of being agnostic
My first draft of this entry began thusly: I was in high school when I declared that I would no longer follow a religion. But that's not right, exactly. I was in high school when I became deeply curious about science - biology and evolution, especially - and I remember bringing questions to my weekly … Continue reading Walking away
It was a complete accident that my husband and I ever met. I found him on a dating site, where I checked out his profile quickly before immediately surfing away. (As if the merest glance from my IP address were too bold.) The next day, he noticed me and sent a message. One message led … Continue reading The interloper
I don't think critically about my intersection with faith. I scarcely spare a thought on the definitives of how and why we were blinked into existence, having long since concluded that the "how" is beyond my knowing, and the "why" is ultimately immaterial. This never struck me as unusual until a close friend of mine, … Continue reading But where do you think we came from?