Friday, October 4, 2013

Identify Your Theology: The Second Question

Identify Your Theology:
Second Question

Today we go to our second question, but first, take a moment to get centered. I invite you to do the mini-retreat to help you let go of any stress you might be hanging onto before considering question number two.

Yesterday, we looked at what your beliefs were like in childhood. 

Today's question is: how did your beliefs shift & change as you grew older? When you were fully adult and able to choose what to believe without undue influence, what was your faith experience?

"My Father sat me down in front of all his books and told me point blank that they were His Truths, but that they might not be My Truths. That if there was anything I wanted to research and read I should, and that I should not stop searching or be told I couldn’t, and that he would glad for me for whatever I found that would fill up my heart and soul to its very furthest fingertips." ~Amanda Tillman

"This is a stupendous moment for a woman – when she decides to live from her own inner guidance. It is, however, excruciatingly hard for a patriarchal daughter to accomplish. She may have to do it, as I did, in stages.

Women grow afraid at this moment because it means giving up a world where everything is neat and safe. In that world we feel secure, taken care of; we know where we’re going. Then we wake up and find the old way doesn’t work, that it no longer fits our identity, that by clinging to it, we’re cutting ourselves off from something profound." ~Sue Monk Kidd, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

"I knew that despite how unthinkable and forbidden it was, I needed to move beyond religion in a patriarchal institution. That may not be true for every woman. But for me it was crucial to my spiritual maturity and growth. At that moment I took sole responsibility for my spiritual life.” ~~Sue Monk Kidd, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

Now that you’ve read today’s question and a quote or two to get you thinking, head on back into the mini-retreat to close it and to see the journal questions and the blessing I’ve written for you.

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I'll be taking the weekend off to watch movies and hang out with my family, but I'll see you back here on Monday. :)

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Yes, when you start talking about religion there are bound to be differences of opinion. But as you say as long as we discuss them kindly and with respect to each other both sides might come away with new thoughts.
    Have a great week-end!

    1. Great perspective, Shawn!! Thanks for visiting and commenting. You have a great weekend, too!

  2. I went to a non-demoninational church growing up. My grandparents made sure I went to summer bible school. I was exposed to different branches of Christianity to include Christian Scientology and LDS. My faith is not grounded in dogma but in spirituality. As an adult I attend a non-denominational church on an irregular basis (but I do go!) and walk my walk with God on an intensely personal level.

    Great question!
    Peggy (from UBC)
    Peggy Nolan

    1. Thanks, Peggy!! That's great. It really sounds like your faith is truly your own.

  3. I grew up with a deeply religious father and once I moved away from home I found my beliefs/faith deepened and expanded to become my own....and they continue to do so as I age.

    1. It was exactly the opposite for me, Lynne. My father was a sort of agnostic, I guess, and I became very religious and then moved back toward the center. Or the left, as it were! ;)

  4. Those were great quotes! I resonate the most with the last one by Joyce & River Higginbotham... I believe that with our human capacity it is impossible to know the mind and will of God, but it's fun to try :)

    1. Loretta, I completely agree! Impossible to know, but fun to try. And worth it even if we don't quite make it. Thanks so much for coming to visit and letting me know what you think.

  5. Okay, the fact that you used "magical and mystical" in your "About Me" section and that you're all about spirituality. I'm in. I'm following. I'm reading and I am so happy I found you via UBC on FB.
    Check out the name of my blog... ;)

    1. Oh my gosh, Mimi!! MUST go check out your blog post haste. Glad you found me, too. :)


Thanks so much for coming to visit and sharing your thoughts! Let me know where you are and I'll come say hello at your place next.

By the way, I know that sometimes my readers disagree with what I say here and I wanted to let you know that not only is it okay with me if you happen to as well, but you also are welcome to tell me so, as long as you do so kindly.

Have a great day!