Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Published by 40yroldseminarian
I am a 40-year old wife, mother, life-long learner, seminarian, student minister, equity and justice advocate, creator, friend, daughter, sister, volunteer, sinner, and saint. While studying Greek at Seminary a friend and I created one of my new favorite words, snarkastic, meaning snarky and sarcastic. This is a word that often describes my mood. I love my Creator, husband, children (our two biped furless ones and our two quadruped furry ones), family, friends, and the church universal. I am American by birth, Texan by the grace of God, and Wisconsinite by choice.
What I Believe...
Foremost I believe that a modicum of future change is necessary for all strong beliefs. That is to say that in order to grow and maintain a strong foundation in life there must be room to adjust our views and beliefs. This is one of the important traits which allow us to listen to the viewpoint of others. I also believe that we must strive to fully understand our beliefs and viewpoints so that we can explain them to others when questioned without feeling threatened and becoming defensive or angry. I am not always good at this, but I'm trying.
What I Believe About an Ultimate Power, Religion, and Church
I believe that an all-powerful Creator is responsible for all of creation from each grain of sand at the beach to the farthest reaches of the universe. I believe that this Creator is without gender, patriarchy, or matriarchy. I believe that this Creator loves and cherishes all creation and every human being just the way they are, regardless of gender, ethnicity, orientation, identity, nationality, religion, ability, political affiliation, or any of the other categories that we, as flawed humans, have come up with to divide ourselves. I believe that most, if not all, religions have value. I believe that the Christian Church in America has at best allowed its' name and authority to be used to oppress indigenous peoples and people of color and allow political divisions. I believe that in many situations the Christian Church in American has actively propagated the oppression of vulnerable peoples, created and strengthened divisions among our citizens, and fed the capitalist beast to the point that we are no longer a democracy, but rather an oligarchy. I believe that the Christian Church in America has a responsibility to be examples of the change needed in this country. To love as Jesus taught us; to seek justice and safety for all people, particularly those seeking safety in our country; and to recreate a society built on supportive community rather than the all mighty dollar.
I grew up in a conservative, Christian home, with my parents and brother who is nine years younger than me. My father's parents were a significant influence on me, particularly because I spent a great deal of time with them. Our family attended Free Will and Southern Baptist Churches and I attending an Assemblies of God private school from kindergarten through 7th grade before moving to a public school.
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