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. 


  1. If I can become an official in the Church of Erin... maybe we can write off our "conferences". :) You're the best.

  2. That pretty much defines the conclusions I came to by age 16 or so. While I think institutional churches have a place, God, if he/she exists wouldn't require that you belong to one. My Favorite "church" was those split logs on the side of the mountain at Ceder Falls. And the only God I'll accept is a god of love.

  3. Thanks guys. I've felt this way for a very very long time. I just hadn't let go of the strings keeping me connected. I'm not sure if I'm going to find a church or a community of like minded people. I know it has to be out there. If not. I'll just keep being me. Life is good. Dave - you made me smile. Many a fond memory of Camp Ceder Falls. :)