Of course I’d probably be living there alone because my husband would leave my insane ass! That’s just too much.
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Every parent influences their kids’ beliefs on religion and everything else. And I’m pretty sure atheist/agnostic parents aren’t telling their kids to explore different faiths; more likely, they’re telling their kids that all faiths are rubbish.
I don’t believe my faith has a monopoly on truth. Most faiths share the same basic ideas: love, compassion, mercy, and so on. As Archbishop Tutu points out in his new book God Is Not A Christian, which faith you follow usually depends on where you grew up and who your parents are. But whoever you pray to, I believe all major religions have the same spiritual source and come from the same God. That’s why the Nicene Creed says, We believe in ONE God.
That said, my children will grow up in the Episcopal faith. They will be taught about Jesus, the incarnation of God which my husband and I have chosen to follow. My devotion to my particular faith has to do with the culture in which I was raised which has been passed down through generations. I’m not fond of religious syncretism and have some problems with the Bahá’í faith, but I see Moses, Zoroaster, Lao-zu, Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, Krishna, Jesus, and Muhammad all as “mediators between the human and the divine. And to quote John Macquarrie, “I do not deny for a moment that the truth of God has reached others through other channels - indeed, I hope and pray that it has. So while I have a special attachment to one mediator, I have respect for them all.”
My children will be raised with Jesus, as the Book of Common Prayer says, as ‘our only Mediator’ but in my belief not the only Mediator. Meanwhile, my children will experience the rich traditions of the Episcopal Church, and I hope they’ll retain them throughout their lives.
That’s my take on a tough topic that evokes many sentiments among LGBTs/GSRMs. And it goes without saying that I treat everyone with respect regardless of their beliefs. As always, I welcome your questions.