Two weeks ago mrdorbin
and I started our church surfing adventures at St. Mark's Episcopal on Capitol Hill. He covered that service
reasonably well, but now I need to start documenting things as well. I'm actually considering starting a new journal on another site--blogspot or whatever--so I can tell my Mom about it without her stumbling upon this one.
I'm not sure yet what my goal for this project is. I don't particularly miss church; in fact, Sunday morning lounging with my boy, the newspaper and some hot scones is one of my favorite times of the week. But it would be nice to be able to go at Christmas without feeling like a hypocrite. And I do sometimes miss that super-diverse community, the designated time to consider Bigger Issues, the potlucks. I want to explore the options.
If nothing else, I want to be ready to at least expose our kids to a few possibilities. Living in this neighborhood, they're sure to make a few fundamentalist friends. I remember not long before my family got Churched (we didn't go Mennonite until I was about 7), going to a fundie friend's house and getting told about Jesus and how if I wasn't careful I might end up in a place called Hell. If I'd had any kind of information about such things, maybe I wouldn't have been so terrified. Maybe I wouldn't have gone fundie myself for a while. I like coming from a religious background, I enjoy knowing the Bible as well as I do, but our kids don't need to swing as extremely as I have.