For some the culture is their religion. When religion fails someone they need something to connect them to something with meaning and to one another. As a person of faith/religion I get that. Everyone needs someone whether it be divine or secular. Jesus Christ Superstar a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber addressed some of that. Jesus as a cultural Icon. Sometimes we all just need that thing that gives us hope when all seems to be lost and finding it means being divergent and taking other roads to the eternal or the next life to come.
Religion and knowledge can work together to bring meaning to our lives. There shouldn’t be an adversarial relationship here. The more you know about your faith and the mechanics of the world can only make you a better person. It’s important to know that ones higher power has a lot to do with the chaos of creation.
This is inspired by the eulogy of a funeral I went to today.
For me, the idea of a creation is not conceivable without invoking the necessity of design. One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be design and purpose behind it all…Wernher von Braun
To all my friends celebrating this Holy time of year I hope you find renewal of faith, hope and peace. May you find connection to the divine and to one another. God bless you.
I have been challenged by a couple of my fellow bloggers to do a black and white photo challenge. Today I am accepting that challenge and I hope to do good here. Thank you for giving me this opportunity my friends. Anyone who wishes to do this I challenge you.
I am a Licensed Lay Eucharistic Minister at my church, this means I can serve communion at any Episcopal Church in the Diocese of East Tennessee. This is a Credence Table where elements of Communion stand ready for worship. This is a important part of my service at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
It’s a true gift to be in community with a body of believers who are from all across the spectrum of life and experience. Opening the doors wider is better for everyone. Right now the people of the world need to know about a love that never ends. As a person of faith I am committed to being a part of that community that makes connections with people where they are and who they are. Diversity in gift and spirit makes this whole thing work. To God be the glory. May the peace of the Lord be with all people. Thank you St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Chattanooga for being that place.
If someone tells you that your faith isn’t strong enough because it doesn’t fit into their view of what faith should be then tell them you are working out your relationship with God/Higher Power in a way that makes sense to you. Religion and spirituality are deeply personal. Remember some folks are not religious but that doesn’t make them bad people. Love one another, be good neighbors.
“Change is not what we expect from religious people. They tend to love the past more than the present or the future.” – Richard Rohr