Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Let Us Sing

My first choir performance is coming up this Saturday. We had a dress rehearsal last night where we ran through the full set. This choir is amazing. I really don't know how to describe it: that many people singing their hearts out to a higher power, it's electrifying. Plus, we really get rockin'! We do a great set of foot-stompin', hand-clappin', Black gospel. It's so much fun. And I get a robe. I'm dorky enough that I think that's cool.

Many of you know that I've struggled with church for a long time. I just haven't found a place where I fit in. There was a church in Corvallis that I called home for a couple of years, but then I moved away. I haven't found one that I like here in Eugene. I consider myself a Christian, but I don't like most Christian churches. Plus, there's the problem that I don't believe that Christianity is the only path to God. For that matter, I don't believe in God, in the sense that there's a man in the sky who decides if good or bad happens to us. I do believe there is a force greater than the material world can account for in this universe. I believe it is a force of good and it's our job to get in harmony with this higher power.

Why do I consider myself a Christian? Well, there's the rudimentary stuff like that's the religion of my extended family, it's what I am traditionally familiar with, and I was baptized. I could just as easily have been born to Jews or Muslims and make that work for me. For me, even though I don't go to church anymore, I still identify as Christian because I think Jesus had the right ideas. He was a radical who wanted everybody to have food, shelter, and loving care. I agree with my whole heart. Do I think other prophets are valid? Absolutely. Buddha said the same things. So did Mother Theresa. There have been plenty of men and women through history who have had a special line to the divine. I think they all have something to teach us. Christianity is just the language that I know. It connects me to my history and gives me a framework for my politics.

Wow. How did I get off on this tangent? Oh yeah, choir. Choir is great and it's giving me that line to the divine.


  1. Ten bucks says you would love the Center for Spiritual Living on Vernal St in Eugene (off Coburg)...www.sgceugene.org

  2. 10 bucks? You're on! I hate those touchy-feely New Age types! ;)

  3. I love your line, "Christianity is just the language I know."