I’ve noticed that there are a few other people on NB who are religious and/or spiritual, and so I thought I’d start a thread where we can share a little about our experiences/backgrounds. I wanted to lay a few ground rules for this thread, however:
- No proselytizing, you can feel free to share your beliefs but this isn’t really the place to try to convert others.
- No arguing or putting down anyone else’s thoughts or experiences, we are in the territory of personal beliefs here and everyone will likely be different. That’s fine! It’s half the point of this thread.
- [name_m]Just[/name_m] be kind.
As for myself, I was raised in another faith but currently consider myself a Quaker (more accurately known as Friends). Not all Quakers are [name_m]Christian[/name_m], but I do call myself [name_m]Christian[/name_m], though there are always debates on what “qualifies” as such.
I’m gay and trans, so people are often shocked to learn that I am actually quite religious – I read the Bible daily, pray often, and practice some level of simplicity (I don’t have tattoos or piercings, don’t own a car, don’t use any titles, etc.), for example. I actually feel extremely blessed to be in this position as I think being part of the LGBT community gives me a unique perspective on spirituality that I wouldn’t otherwise have. A lot of LGBT people have trauma associated with religion, and so do I, but I have managed to move past what I believe was damage done by other people and not by religion or by God/[name_f]Spirit[/name_f]. My current faith community, though tiny, is extremely accepting and affirming.
For the record, Quakers have nothing to do with the oats, nothing to do with Shakers, and very little to do with the Amish (though both are peace churches). Yes, I use modern technology; yes, I am a pacifist; yes, we have silent worship; and yes, [name_m]Nixon[/name_m] was a (non-practicing) Quaker – but [name_u]James[/name_u] [name_u]Dean[/name_u] was a Quaker, too! (These are all questions I get a lot… trust me.)