1.26.2006

You seem more than a little godless, how is that going to affect your child?

I am wiccan. I was raised pagan, but not exactly wiccan, per se. Though the way I practice Wicca isn’t exactly the way everyone else practices it, Wicca is the closest thing you could say I practice. I consider religion and spirituality to be separable. So you can say that spiritually I am pagan and the religion I choose to reflect that is closest in form to Wicca than anything else. However, I don’t really associate with other wiccans. Partially because I don’t really know that many very well, partially because I think that many of the ones I have met around here (besides the ones that are my friends) are weird, and partially because I’m a solitary religious creature by nature.

However, Kristin (despite whatever she is spiritually which is not my place to say here) is Unitarian by religion, so we attend the Unitarian church here, and we plan on having Julia dedicated in the spring. We both love the religious education program at our church, with its emphasis on questioning and searching out one’s own answers, and so that’s the structure we want to give our child. We’re hoping that when we move the Unitarian church in whichever community we end up will have a similar RE program.

I plan on teaching religion/spirituality by example: by celebrating the holidays as I do, keeping an awareness of the goddess and cycles of life in our house, by answering any of Julia’s questions honestly and completely and including her in my rituals when she wishes to be included. I am hoping that she would like to set up her own altar like her mommies’ and I am planning on gifting her with a set of tarot at menarche. But only if she wishes it. I don’t plan on forcing my spiritual beliefs upon her, I want her to find her own as long as it’s something of which I approve.

Posted by Trista @ 11:34 AM

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I'm happy to see I'm not the only thinking about religion today. But I think letting her find her own way is a step in the right direction.

It's the first time I've been to your blog and I just have to say that Julia is a sweetie!! What a cutie! The bath tub photo is priceless!

Posted by Blogger Sarah and BB @ 11:52 AM #
 

Hey, you always have me if you want to let Julia know that not ALL Christians are going to try to thump her with a Bible.

I am sure with ya'll as parents, Julia will grow up feeling free to seek her own spirituality. That is a fabulous gift to her.

Posted by Blogger Kiker @ 2:32 PM #
 

My spiritual question of the day is: how do you get that strikethrough text on your posts? Please share.

Posted by Blogger hd @ 3:58 PM #
 

I'll show Julia that not all Mormons are nuts. I am slightly nuts though..... But you already know that, and I can still be around her.

On your other post, I can see the benefits of being able to pick the name of the child all by oneself. I don't think I'd pick Dagmar, but to each thier own.

Posted by Blogger WendyLou @ 10:21 AM #
 
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