I came from a mixed family. I attended a Baptist school at the insistence of my mother, but my father's family were pagan (although in rural TN, you kinda have to go to church). To me it ended up being a balance of the two thoughts. I see the feminine aspect that is lacking in traditional Christianity, but I also understand and can embrace some of the teachings of the religion as well. Now it's basically that I accept Jesus but worship as a witch. I don't accept most of the man made rules around the Christian faith but I don't hold it against God for what His 'followers" have done. I'm not saying this would work for anyone else, but it works for me. Since the UU in your area is so far out, why don't you call them and see if they have any suggestions for you?
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Another fan of the UU church here. My DH is Catholic. I was lucky in that my dad was a member of the Univesalist church (prior to the merger with the Unitarian church) and my mom is a witch (as was her mom, but being in the broom closet they actually attended the Methodist church).
Anyway, I like it there. I like that you can ask questions (not get told what to believe without question). Many members come from a variety of paths, so you get to learn a lot.
I have to third this. I used to attend the area UU Church and loved it, but the drive was a bit far and now that my daughter is older (12) and she was able to choose (she chose to follow my path), I now have her study at home. I don't let her off though with not studying. I think it is important for her to know the history, etc. and I keep pretty tight practice on holidays and full moons. I figure once she has a good foundation, then I can loosen things up. She loves ritual and she likes learning, so for us it has worked. Blessings.
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Okay, I have considered myself to be Wiccan since high school, roughly around age 14 (about 12 years ago). My husband considers himself to be Baptist. This has caused a few misconceptions and miscommunications between us, but nothing extravagant. I was raised Baptist by my parents, both my grandfathers were ministers, as well as 2 of my great-grandfathers...I understand it, I just don't follow it. Needless to say, not many in my family know my religious beliefs, except for my parents, husband, and his parents & sister...I told my brother, but I don't think he really understands religion (raised very, very differently).
We are expecting our first child. I want as much time as possible to try to make this go as smoothly as possible, because I want to raise our kids to be open-minded and with an understanding that there are many different kinds of belief. Hubby isn't really sure WHAT he thinks we should do...
We don't currently attend church, but I would like to start, so that I can find somewhere that I'm not too uncomfortable before the baby is born. I'm usually pretty sporadic about rituals as well, normally just trying to be aware of the impact of my actions and to appreciate the world around me. I've always been a solitary practioner, so I generally just go with what feels right at the time.
Does anyone have any experience/thoughts/advice on this?
Amber and Wayne Together in 2005, married since 2007
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