Have A Little Faith

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I came across this post and it made me happy.  It talks about how Stanford has a chaplain for atheists and agnostics.  For someone who isn’t religious but seeks out spirituality without subscribing to one particular religion, this is very intriguing. I fully support all my friends who find comfort in religion, but for me it only introduces more questions. I’m so not good with total surrender and am far too practical for it. I do want to be in touch with something intangible to ease my mind, heart, and soul, but don’t find it natural to put all that faith in one basket. Instead, I look for beacons of light within all religions and cobble them together to customize my own spiritual guidebook for getting through life. It’s a project in progress which I’m enjoying more as a full-grown adult. I’m surprised that gatherings like this don’t exist outside of a university campus (or maybe they do and I’m just the last to know). I think it would be brilliant to have a place to go every week or month to hear how people make sense of life’s ups and downs, free of how one religion tells you to get through something — you know, Buddhists might handle it one way, while Christians might do the opposite and Hindus hit it somewhere in the middle. If none of that speaks to you, then maybe you can find solace in science, nature or a simple act of kindness.  I’m not completely sure a support group is for me, but you just might get me there… especially if there are refreshments.

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2 thoughts on “Have A Little Faith

  1. Great post. I, too, would like an agnostic/atheist chaplain to talk to. I used to attend a church in New York that was lay-led and its motto was “for people of all faiths and uncertain faith.” It was very open, but the speakers were all from different religions, not from “no religion.”

    The New York Times often has articles about spirituality/atheism/agnosticism. Recently, Susan Jacoby wrote an OP/ED called “The Blessings of Atheism” that included this quote:

    “In his speech at an interfaith prayer vigil in Newtown on Dec. 16, President Obama observed that ‘the world’s religions — so many of them represented here today — start with a simple question: Why are we here? What gives our life meaning?’ He could easily have amended that to ‘the world’s religions and secular philosophies.’”

    It would be interesting if “secular philosophies” started being mentioned along with “religious beliefs.”

    The article is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/opinion/sunday/the-blessings-of-atheism.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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