Yet another article on AI, part 2
[NOTE: The data is, I think, irrefutable: measured by the “Three Bs” of religion — Belief, Behavior & Belonging — the USA is steadily “losing” its religion(s), and becoming a more secular, nonreligious place.
I’m a good example of this, yet also a bad one. Good, in that I “lost” the religion I was raised with (Catholicism); and bad, in that I didn’t really “lose,” but left it. And I didn’t then turn secular; instead I took up a new one (new to me), Quakerism. Continue reading Exploring Why & How More Americans Are Losing Their Religion
Ecumenical Archipelago . . .
Wait, there’s more . . . . Watch this space.
[NOTE: For those, like this blogger, who is taking a spring break from indictment chatter until indictments really happen (if they do), this passage from a talk given in 1998 by the late Friend Bill Kreidler, is meant to help us cope with our withdrawal symptoms via distraction.]
Bill Kreidler: It was about eight years ago (late 1980s, in Boston) that I started to learn the value of spiritual storytelling. I was in a very low period in my life. Part of this low period involved a serious alcohol and drug problem; and finally in desperation I called up a Quaker lesbian I knew was in recovery and asked her to take me to an AA meeting.
I didn’t know what would happen at an AA meeting, so on the subway ride there she explained that people tell their stories. They tell about their drinking, what led them to it, and they tell about hitting bottom and about finding their way out in recovery. Continue reading A Gay Quaker’s Unexpected Encounter With A Catholic Mystic Saint