(Re)Envisioning Faith

So I thought of something great as I was on my way home this evening.  Well… after this happened:

As I walked in the rain (from my actual stop), I began thinking about what’s going to happen with VisionSpeaks, Inc., the nonprofit I’ve been working on.  As you can see on the home page, I quoted Habakkuk 2:2 as inspiration for the organization.  (Click here for full context of the scripture reference.)  I’ve historically considered myself a Christian and this is one of my favorite scriptures (along with 1 Corintians 13Lamentations 3:22-23, & a few others), but I’ve recently begun to expand my perspective.  I am very happy with the way things have been unfolding (despite my initial guilt, no doubt stemming from the years of guilt-tripping I experienced -and doled out- while in the church).  Suffice it to be said, while I truly believe in a Creator-Power, I no longer believe in the exclusivity of this Creator’s love*.  Above all, our mission in life is to share love with all of creation.  I just don’t see that happening with all the rules and regulations I see in religion.  But my purpose in writing this post was not to present a discourse on my personal faith development; I want to ask you about YOURS. 🙂

As a result of my personal transformation, I’ve been thinking about how I can make sure the youth I serve understand that all are truly welcome in the work I do.  And, admittedly, I want to formulate a positive statement of faith for myself that I can also use to inform the creation of policy around spirituality matters for VisionSpeaks, Inc.  The idea for the work is rooted in the understanding that spirituality is often important to recovery from mental health issues and life circumstances and I do not want to abandon that.

So, dear readers, I ask you:

  • What is YOUR personal faith tradition?
  • To which scriptures, sayings, mantras, etc. do you ascribe?
    • Please comment with links or scripture references. I do have holy scriptures from several faith traditions (y’all know I majored in Religious Studies, right?)
    • What led you to these beliefs?

I look forward to reading your comments!

 

*And to me, the extension of this love also means forever, unconditionally, not just “only-if-you-believe-in-and-follow-this-one-particular-set-of-rules-that-you-will-only-begin-to-understand-if-you-first-agree-to-become-part-of-this-exclusive-set-of-chosen-people.”  I also still believe in Jesus and Yahweh and I fully respect those who choose to believe in him differently than I do.  At the same time, I think Allah and the Buddha and Krisna and all his avatars provide a lot of great guidance, too.
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