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I'm mostly putting this here so I can point my vicar Paul at it (the chap who married us) but if anyone else has an opinion please do feel free to express it, albeit please do so gently.

I believe in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe in the crucified Christ, the Resurrection, one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and the life everlasting.

I believe in lots of things that the Anglican Church espouses. (I was baptised and confirmed in the Church of England).

I believe in a few things the Roman Catholic Church espouses (I have historically called myself Anglo-catholic.)

Participation in the Mass has always been a key part of my spiritual practise.

I believe in a few things that would raise eyebrows in a lot of churches (I am a student of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and I am looking with interest at the last half century or so of Wicca and Witchcraft practise in this country). I understand all these things in the context of my faith in the Holy Trinity and I don't think it makes me, by definition, not a Christian.

(I you think it does please can we debate that particular issue another time as really is somewhat of a red herring, but it is part of the picture.)

I have lost faith, repeatedly, in the concept of the Church, and churches, both historic and present, from the told experiences of others and the experience of stigmatisation, loneliness, bullying and wielding of personal power that I have been through in my own life.

(NONE OF THESE ARE AT TANWORTH, PAUL.)

I find myself now unable to say one critical line of the Nicene Creed. I don't believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, certainly not in the way I currently understand that phrase to refer to the Church and various churches on Earth.

Do I, in light especially of the previous statement, have to give up the Eucharist? Is it fair on other people in a communion for me to partake? Should I not attend Mass any more?

Please feel free to comment below with answers, or nice comforting hugs and pictures of floofy cute things, because this is an acutely distressing question to have reached and hugs are nice.
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I've been trying to produce some coherent thoughts on singing & music for a while, but it's hard to get my thoughts to stay straight without getting emotional, and I'm very emotional and tired about it. But this is a genuine quest for thoughts, ideas, strategies and feedback, not an attempt to get people to flatter and say nice things. I hope. I think it isn't the latter.

I'm keeping this public for the benefit of thoughts from friends who are not on DW. However please don't share it to someone you think might be able to offer thoughts without checking with me first?

whiffling below the cut )

On a lighter note, we are watching a documentary on the evolution of big cats, and were just hearing about their incredible hunting skills when Archie came proudly trotting through the door with her own kill. While we distracted her with dreamies and removed it, I was somewhat proud to note she had killed it exactly how the lions on the documentary did.

Of course, I tried to dry her off and she got cross and went back out in the rain, so I expect another soon.

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