- Sep 5, 2003Hello All!
I have just joined this group and am interested in some feedback
First, let me tell a little about myself. I am a member of a
Unitarian Universalist congregation. I was raised in the Lutheran
tradition, but always found that path to be, more or less, just mere
mythology. I recently, within the last three years, felt that I
needed some type of spirituality in my, and my daughter's, life and
started loking around at churches within my area.
I discovered the Unitarians.
I liked what they had to say about "the interdependent web of all
existence," and "the free and responsible search for truth and
meaning." I sensed logic in the humanist teachings and, yes, even
the Christian/Judaic roots that UU's draw from.
Personally, I consider myself, if one has to have a label, to be
pagan. Mainly because, if categorizing, I am not a follower of any
of the Abrahamic religions. Yet, I do feel a sense of divinity.
Not "God" in the preconceived definition of the word, but "God" in
the process and connection of Life.
(The word "God" is very difficult for me to comprehend or convey
since the word "God" has so many traditional attachments to it.)
Anyway, to me, Life itself is "God." Life itself is divine.
I have struggled, and continue to do so, with the notion of "God".
Part of me "feels the spirit." I feel the spirit when I look at a
child. I feel the spirit when I see a hawk flying with a snake
writhing in its' talons. I feel the spirit when I make love. I feel
the spirit when I am overwhelmed with laughter. I feel the spirit
when I am among devout Christians, or Judeans, or Muslims, or
Buddhists, or Taoists, or Wiccans, or Yorubans, or Atheists or any
other belief system. I feel the spirit in the trees, and rocks, and
stars, and clouds, and ...
Okay, enough of this diatribe. My question to you is:
Does someone who labels themselves as "atheist" have a type of
spirituality to them? (Bear in mind that I see a distinct difference
between spirituality and religion.)
At the church, for lack of a better word, that I attend there are
quite a few professed atheists. These are some of the most
spitritual people I know.
They are loving and connected and happy. They seem to worship beyond
what any Christian is capable of. And, FYI, they embody the
principles of Jesus far beyond ANY holy roller, evagelical, bible
thumping, right-wing, fanatical, warrior for Christ, flag waving,
anti-abortionist, homo-phobic idiot that I can think of.
So,...what's the deal?
What started this train of thought in my head was a conversation I
had with a fellow worker who says he is "atheist."
He, who perhaps is on his own journey of discovery, says that as an
atheist he can not recognize or accept a spirituality. From what I
can gather with conversation with him, "atheists" have no
This, to me, seems pretty bleak.
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe it's just my Lutheran upbringing that still
has a hold on me. Maybe Life is just a wondrous, endless chance for
experience and change. But, isn't there SOMEHING?
Okay, I'll end now.
(By the way, I do the children's R.E, religious education, at the
UU "church." I try to teach through stories. And I believe that ALL
paths have a lesson to be learned. Atheism is a lesson that I have
not touched on, yet. But, if it exisits, then it must be relevant
Without thinking of belief, or creed, or faith, or religion...
What is spirituality to you? Is there spritualtity?
When you hear the phrase "higher power" what does that mean, if
In a country that, unfortunately, seems to be governed by "God bless
America," how do you justify and maintain, and explain to the
ignorant masses, that "God" is an abberation?
In this same country, that insists on misinterpreting our fore-
fathers and mothers, how do you manage to impart the goodness
(spirituality) and connection (spirituality) and love (spirituality)
that is, in my mind, divinity?
What is atheism?
Is it just another label?
I see Life as "God."
What can I learn from you and what can I teach the children of the
(As a teaser: To me, the statement "I don't believe in "God" is
admiting that there is a god to not believe in. Strange...)
Please don't think that I am trying to convert or preach. I am
merely curious and hungry for growth and understanding. I write a
lot of children's stories and am always trying to expand on the
wealth of life that exisits.
With or without...Life goes on. And Life ALWAYS goes on. That, to
me, is "God."
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