I posted this on my facebook today:
"Yeah, those pesky Christians, trying to end homelessness and hunger in West Michigan."
1st comment is from JWN member XXXXX who is not a Christian nor is she a believer:
" The nerve! ;)"
2nd comment from me:
" This is the Mel Trotter thrift store in XXXXXXX. One of the things I can proudly say about my kids and grandson Julian is that they cherish great thrift store finds. Julian volunteers at the St Mark's Breakfast Cafe' when called. " (Julian's an atheist.)
Dot. Dot. Dot. (comments about thrift stores and the bargains)
Me: " Yes, I mean what are they thinking, XXXXX? Reaching out to the homeless of XXXXX XXXXXX and feeding and housing them and stuff? They even have this dastardly car ministry where they teach poor people to repair autos (providing training for a skill that can lead to a trade) and then sell the cars to help even more homeless and poor people."
JWN memberXXXXX : " Oh the horror! :O . LoL"
I don't want anyone forcing their beliefs, whether religious, atheistic, agnostic or political on me. I appreciate good done for our fellow humans, especially the most vulnerable of society, no matter who is doing it.
I have a deeply spiritual side: it goes me where ever I go. I don't need a formal place to express it. When I do though, it's at the Episcopal Church usually. I am definitely universalist though. The Unitarian Church doesn't give communion. If I'm going to go to a religious service, it needs to have the ritual of communion. Likley, it means something different to me than it does to anyone else. Having the bread and wine is a traditioin in my family. It makes me feel connected to my childhood and to my mother who has passed on. It's also very beautiful. I can understand why ex jws who are born in or raised in might not feel comfortable with it.