Two days ago, I discussed my beliefs. Yesterday, I discussed my experiences. Today, I’ll finish explaining the church situation.
In looking for a church, I’ve found that most “Christian” churches exclude homosexuals. Many churches interpret the Bible literally. As I previously discussed, I don’t believe that Jesus would exclude homosexuals and I don’t believe that the Bible should be interpreted literally.
Based on my beliefs, the Quaker church is apparently the best fit. The nearest Quaker meeting house is 30 miles away. Similarly, the closest Unitarian Universalist church is also 30 miles away. (I’m also not really down with the UUs. Somehow, they seem a little too welcoming. It’s like the Groucho Marx line about not wanting to be a part of a club that would allow me as a member.)
A lot of people have told me to check out the Episcopal church. My concern with that is my perceived lack of diversity in the Episcopal church. It seems to me that most Black people are one of the flavors of Baptist, or nondenominational Christian. Apparently, there’s an African Methodist Episcopal Church here in Antioch. I had never heard of that. I should look into it.
I have a list of churches to look into, actually. After our experiences at the local Bethany Christian church, Max wanted to take some time off. We talked about it tonight. Because the world is small, one of the moms from Jackson’s school has just started attending the church we attended. She asked for my opinion, and I told her about the pastor’s sermon that offended me. She asked if I ever talked to him about it. I didn’t. Frankly, it made me too angry. When I asked Max about it, he said that the sermon seemed to contain “inappropriate humor” that didn’t make him angry. He really likes the pastor, but he doesn’t like the church for other reasons.
It would be nice to find a new church to attend for Christmas. I miss the spiritual part of my life. I can pray every day – and I usually do – but it would be nice to find a community to well, commune with. I also want Jackson to learn more about Jesus than just Christmas and Easter.