Friday, March 7, 2014

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

I’ve been struggling lately with religion.   I grew up 4th generation Seventh Day Adventist but I am not an Adventist. I do not believe Ellen White is a prophet.  I do not believe that there is one true church.  I believe God doesn’t care what you eat.  I believe God doesn't care who you love.  I believe God doesn't care what day you go to church.  I believe that God isn’t about salvation by rules and law.  I believe God wants you to be kind. 
I joke with my friends and family all the time that I belong to the Church of Erin.  A place where all people are welcomed.  It’s nice, kind and inclusive. While this sounds lovely  The Church of Erin is only one person. I miss the sense of community a church brings.  So I’ve decided to start my search.  
The start of this search begins with cutting ties with the Adventist Church.  This weekend I will be writing a letter the the SDA Conference to ask that my name be taken off their roster.  It's an important part of the process for me.  It creates a new start.  
My life is my own.  My religion is kindness.  We will see about the rest.