Friday, March 25, 2011

Why?

Sometimes people ask, why do you go to church? Or, why do you go to that church? It's not an easy question to answer. I don't want to sell it, or over-explain it, or assume they agree with my standard of liberal spiritualism, but I also don't want to let the pitch go by - I want to share a little about myself and my journey, and see what kind of journey the asker is on. So for some Friday Fun... the light answer to why do I go to the church I go to.

In the hymnal for UUism in America, the songs are divided into sections. You've got Christmas, Epiphany, Palm Sunday, Pesach, Hannukah. Then you've got The Interdependent Web section, and the Words from Sacred Traditions section. You've got each of the four seasons in a section, and Solstice, Transience, Harvest/Thanksgiving, Exemplars and Pioneers.

But the other Sunday, we sang a song out of the section The Life of Integrity. And I laughed, because I am not without humor about hippie-dippiness - but I also smiled steadily. The Life of Integrity is a real and deep goal, a goal in which the only reward is in the living. And that's why I go; it's a touchstone for my personal integrity.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful answer.
    Few of us could answer with such a deeply personal reason for going to Church. Mine is "celebrating my faith with fellow spiritual seekers."

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