swimbikerun saidThey just moved in down the block from me. I was able to withstand a whole thirty minutes of the sermon before I had to leave.
As a gay man, I see the need for community but as an atheist I've a lot of problems with organized religion.
If and when I decide to go to a Christian church, I usually either to the church my father ministered in, or the Unit.Universalist. But I go for the sense of community and to reassure myself that I'm not alone in that need. As for the spiritual aspect; which is most important to me, I usually keep that to myself. Not one to brag about number of prayers, donations or hours spent volunteering.
But back to the point. When going to a church or temple I usually go with an open mind, knowing that the others there have their hearts and minds set on hearing what has to be said and want to commune in a way they see fit. Then I try to imagine myself as they are, and occassionally I feel even more connected to the others around me, and somehow connected to everything with that. Light a doobie, pass it to the left and call me a hippy, but we're all connected in more ways than one. It feels good to be around others whom agree, as long as they're not demanding blood for sins and cruxify every Adam and Steve within and earshot.
Further note: none of this was meant to insult anyone of criticize anyone's beliefs, no matter how different from my own. I was once an aethiest, wicca, buddhist and born again christian myself... so I've see the light, from different sides of the room. I've got nothing against you.