I've started a new category for my "church-ish" posts. Church (unexpectedly) has become a large part of my life over the past few years. I love my beautiful sanctuary, I love our minister, I enjoy being a member of a great congregational community, and most recently, belonging to our church choir. (A minor downside was "volunteering" to be Central Treasurer...when the minister asks a favour and says give it prayerful consideration before giving her your answer...who can say no? But that's another story...)
I didn't attend church growing up, although was baptised as a baby in the United Church of Canada , which is the church I was drawn back to as an adult. It just seems to fit my spiritual quest and my own sense of social justice. UCC is open and progressive, a very positive place...there is no fire and brimstone anywhere in sight. (I don't even think our minister believes in Hell.) The path of my own church seems to be more about growing the inner light within, and seeking and promoting justice and equality in the world. The old "be a better person" routine...which is much easier said than done. I find that, although I don't necessarily need to attend church to stay in touch with my inner spirit, I almost always feel rejuvenated and inspired by Rev. Valerie's musings each week ("sermon" often seems too formal a word for the thoughts she shares with us). And I feel somehow energized just by being in my church's sanctuary and surrounded by my church family.
We are not alone. We live in God's world.
PS - come back on Feb 14 to "meet" my minister...