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Re: On Fragments and Religion

Postby MakersDozn » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:01 pm

We've got Christians, Pagans, New Agers, agnostics (broad grouping of people who just don't know), and atheists. We don't fit in with any group, so out of respect for the system, we stick to reading and other forms of individual practice.

Our family is Jewish. We were raised non-religious because our mother disliked organized religion. She was raised Reform Jewish (the second-most liberal of the main forms of Judaism), but her parents weren't spiritual at all. A lot of what they did was for show.

Our father was raised Conservative Jewish (middle-of-the-road or mainline group of Judaism), and identified as such for his entire life. He took after his mother, but his father was an atheist. Or perhaps a humanist. GF had a moral code but was not spiritual.

When our parents married, our father gave up practicing religion out of respect for our mother, but he was unhappy about it. When he turned 40, he told our mother that he was going back to synagogue. She told him, "Okay, but I don't want you paying any membership dues." He ended up serving on the board.

No one in our system identifies as Jewish in the religious sense--only the cultural and culinary sense. The largest contingent in our system, about 40-45 percent, identifies as non-denominational Christian. For complicated reasons that we won't go into here, we became a Catholic when the body was 27, were very involved in church until we learned that we were multiple (body age 34), and dropped out of church when the body was 39. If someone IRL asks us how we identify regarding religion, we say "Unaffiliated."

On a related note, an executive in our company is a Sikh, and very much involved in her cultural community. We were curious and did a little online reading. Turns out we agree with a number of the values but wouldn't be comfortable with some of the practices.

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Re: On Fragments and Religion

Postby Zor » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:06 am

MakersDozn wrote:We've got Christians, Pagans, New Agers, agnostics (broad grouping of people who just don't know), and atheists. We don't fit in with any group, so out of respect for the system, we stick to reading and other forms of individual practice.

Our family is Jewish. We were raised non-religious because our mother disliked organized religion. She was raised Reform Jewish (the second-most liberal of the main forms of Judaism), but her parents weren't spiritual at all. A lot of what they did was for show.

Our father was raised Conservative Jewish (middle-of-the-road or mainline group of Judaism), and identified as such for his entire life. He took after his mother, but his father was an atheist. Or perhaps a humanist. GF had a moral code but was not spiritual.

When our parents married, our father gave up practicing religion out of respect for our mother, but he was unhappy about it. When he turned 40, he told our mother that he was going back to synagogue. She told him, "Okay, but I don't want you paying any membership dues." He ended up serving on the board.

No one in our system identifies as Jewish in the religious sense--only the cultural and culinary sense. The largest contingent in our system, about 40-45 percent, identifies as non-denominational Christian. For complicated reasons that we won't go into here, we became a Catholic when the body was 27, were very involved in church until we learned that we were multiple (body age 34), and dropped out of church when the body was 39. If someone IRL asks us how we identify regarding religion, we say "Unaffiliated."

On a related note, an executive in our company is a Sikh, and very much involved in her cultural community. We were curious and did a little online reading. Turns out we agree with a number of the values but wouldn't be comfortable with some of the practices.

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Interesting you have some Jewish family. Two of us are Messianic Jewish, from a family that was Orthodox a few generations back... They live very orthodox inside and do what they can when out, and try and get like the rest of us to do some of it for them... for us all. Cuz like what one of us does we all do to an extent....

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