World Religions: Let’s Explore

Our Balinese Palace (8)My husband and I have been seeking out new churches. We are Catholic, but since we had kids, we realize that Catholicism doesn’t support us as a family. We have energetic kids who cannot control the volume of their voices and do not want to sit for an hour straight (isn’t this every kid?). We walked away from the church when we were kicked out of Mass because our son was talking too loudly to the lady next to us. I’ll talk more about that in my post about Christianity.

Anyhow, we’ve been searching. And on this beautiful journey to find out where we belong, we have come across St. Paul’s Methodist Church. St. Paul’s runs Wednesday night classes where the kids do their own activities  and the parents get to learn. Hubby and I signed up for the Christianity and World Religions class.

My plan with this next series of blog posts is not to reiterate what I learn in the classes. And I do not have the knowledge base (or space in a single post) to explain each of the world religions. That said, I do have personal experience with each of the world religions. On the one hand, hubby is from Malaysia, a Muslim country, which has practicing Buddhists, Christians, and Hindus, too. Magically, they live in harmony there. Also, his family are all Hindu, so I will share my photos and stories about faraway Malaysia and its cultural variety. On the other hand, I am from the Midwest of America. The town I grew up in has very little diversity. The town I currently live in has very little diversity. Actually, an arsonist burned down the local mosque in the town that I now live. Luckily, my family brought me up to love other cultures and I would say that most people in the Midwest are peace-loving and accepting of others.

The next five posts have the potential to ruffle some feathers simply because they deal with religion, which makes us face our differences. Dealing with “the other” upsets some people. That is not my intention. My intention is to share my personal experiences; those moments when my life adventure has allowed me to meet people of other faiths and understand their customs. Fasten your seat belt and enjoy the flight.

Camille Faye | Author of Voodoo Butterfly | Coming Fall 2014

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  • Go for it Spirit Lady! I know you will handle the topic of religion with class. I can’t wait to learn a little about other faiths.

    OH – I can’t/can beilive you were kicked out of church! Once I was at a baptism and the priest actually stopped the service to address a family member and their child for talking! It was a family event, there wasn’t even any other people in the church. I suppose no matter if you are a “man/woman of the cloth” or a man/woman on the street – you can still be a turd. *note my post on Being Thankful*

    • Since trying this new church, I’ve realized that Catholic churches are very disciplinarian. I don’t need a strict, punishing God that leaves me riddled with guilt. I need a loving God that can help me deal with all the stuff life throws at me. It’s an interesting new perspective for me :)

  • I also can’t believe you were kicked out of church. UGH! What is wrong with people? We always go to the cry room at our Catholic Church–until KB gets to be in kindergarten where she can then participate in children’s church. It seems a little backwards to me sometimes, but. . .I am proud of you for figuring this out together as a family, and I also can’t wait.

    I was raised Methodist and during our confirmation class in 7th grade, we explored other religions, too, including a field trip to a Jewish temple. I will never forget it.

    • Sandwich Lady, we FINALLY found a Catholic Church with a cry room in our area…and then we moved. HA! Maybe God was telling us something??? I know what you mean about childrens’ church…I feel like I can control my 6-year-old now, but he still doesn’t enjoy sitting and listening to a sermon that is designed for adults. He LOVES going to the childrens’ area now.

  • I’m excited for the coming blog posts, world religions are super fascinating. My uncle is Jewish and I’ve always wanted to go over to his house for Passover, I feel like it’d be super awesome. I hope you find which church is best for you :)
    That’s so rude, though, that they kicked you out of Mass, wasn’t it Jesus himself who said “let the children come to me?” Whatever. People are weird.
    Looking forward to your future posts, Camille :)

    • You should totally go over to your uncle’s house for Passover. A church we went to about 10 years ago would have Seder Suppers, which allowed us to “try out” what a passover meal was like.

  • I’m a reformed Catholic. One sermon, the priest explained why women were made inferior. Yeah, their attitude toward my species doesn’t sit well.

    I hung out with some buddhists once when I lived in NYC. They were cool. I have friends in all religions. Belief is so personal, but I think we’re all spiritual beings.

    • Looking back at the incident makes me laugh, but I felt completely humiliated in the moment. I’m having a real problem with the absence of women’s voices in the Bible and feel there’s definitely imbalance with women’s participation in Catholicism. I love learning about other faiths and cultures, Mary. Thanks for stopping by :)

  • I am Catholic as well. When I was a child, I never imagined I would want to learn about other religions–but as I’ve grown older and wiser (at least I hope I have!), I’ve learned that no matter the religion, all offer something we can each strive for–acceptance of one another and our differences. Diversity is the spice of life!

    I’ve also realized that whether a man or woman is a priest, nun, preacher, minister, they are human like the rest of us, and they can be as rude and ignorant as anyone!

    I look forward to more of your posts on your experiences with different religions!

    • Thanks, Donna. It’s interesting b/c many of the world religions have a central faith statement that is similar to the Christian Golden Rule: Love others as you love yourself. Here’s a link:

So, what do you think?