Any Christians here that are active in church life?

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    Oct 12, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    I am wondering if there are any guys here who are active Christians. I know this is a prickly topic for a lot of guys for a lot of reasons and I'm not asking this to recruit or whatnot, I'm just curious because if there are I have some good news I want to share with you about a movement that's in the works.

    If you are here please either reply or PM me and let me know your denomination if applicable.

    Thanks guys!
  • tazzari

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    Oct 13, 2010 4:07 PM GMT
    I am. I'm an Episcopalian, in a church which has an annual Matthew Shepard sermon and puts "An Open and Affirming Congregation" on all its stationary. I'm also on the vestry - Trinity Seattle.
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    Oct 17, 2010 10:36 PM GMT
    I belong to a Baptist church.
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    Oct 17, 2010 11:36 PM GMT
    I grew up in the church, Church of Christ.

    Then I grew up and left the church. That may be among the best decisions I've ever made.
  • MadeinMich

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    Oct 17, 2010 11:59 PM GMT
    Global_Citizen saidI grew up in the church, Church of Christ.

    Then I grew up and left the church. That may be among the best decisions I've ever made.


    How was this the best decision you ever made? Could you explain?
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    Oct 18, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    MadeinMich said
    Global_Citizen saidI grew up in the church, Church of Christ.

    Then I grew up and left the church. That may be among the best decisions I've ever made.


    How was this the best decision you ever made? Could you explain?

    It led me to be a much more critical thinker and a skeptic, which I believe is a very good thing.

    It also led me to be less polarizing and stop seeing the world as "us vs. them" that is an inherent ramification of the so called culture war that many Christians see themselves engaged in.

    I've also grown a much deeper understanding and appreciation for other cultures without the religious biases that tend to make people dismissive of "others" who don't share their religion.

    It's opened my eyes to some of the rhetorical and ideological foolishness that was required to support the inerrant and infallible view of the bible, which my church adhered to.

    And ironically, it's led me to study the bible much closer, although in an academic way now instead of a devotional way. It's amazing how different the bible looks when you switch from devotional reading to academic reading.

    This is just a short list, and it's also my personal experience. As tempting as it may be, don't jump to the conclusion that I'm making any kind of generalizations.
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    Oct 18, 2010 12:20 AM GMT
    yep, pretty active at my church, non-denominational
  • Mepark

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    Oct 18, 2010 4:51 AM GMT
    Born and raised Christian Orthodox, but I attend a Catholic Church and consider myself as one now.
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    Oct 18, 2010 5:18 AM GMT
    I got invited to the local gay church tonight.

    ...by a hookup. icon_lol.gif
  • corianton

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    Oct 23, 2010 4:12 AM GMT
    I was raised Catholic and converted to the Latter Day Saints (Mormon) when I was 28. I was in leadership positions in the Mormon church but not anymore since I accepted my sexual orientation.

    My Mormon bishop knows my situation and has been trying to counsel me and bring me "back". It's actually been constructive in that I've not fallen into some of the dysfunctional behaviors quite a few gay men seem to inflict on themselves, but really I can't go back to where I was.

    I still attend, but don't (can't ) hold any leadership positions or take sacrament. I can say prayers and give talks, but I probably shouldn't be doing that either, since I'm not totally chaste either.

    I'm kind of in transition. Wanting to be a spiritual person, but feeling I can't be who I really am in the church. I've attended a gay affirming United Church of Canada congregation in Edmonton with a lesbian minister and I have several gay friends there. But too far away to attend more than sporadically. And no gay friendly congregations anywhere close icon_sad.gif

    So there ya go........I'm sure Chuckystud and Mcgay will have SOMETHING to say on this...Since they just loooooooove the Mormon church ha ..c'mon guys weigh in lol icon_twisted.gif