Relig-ish

I first heard that term several months ago when I discovered Rachelle Mee-Chapman, a formerly ordained minister, and current Magpie Girl.  Pretty much, my understanding of the idea is that someone can be religious or they can be spiritual but usually the beliefs will differ greatly.  Instead, someone who is relig-ish believes in a variety of things that are a mash-up of religion and spirituality but can not choose to completely forego their beliefs of one in order to fully fit the other.  Rachelle’s explanation is here (I think I watched the video once but I don’t remember and my definition may vary greatly from hers).  She has an interesting way of seeing the world so I love getting emails from her several times a week so that I can look at the world in different ways too!

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Anyways, I think that’s me.  Growing up, I remember that we went to a Catholic Church and I attended CCD.  Then something happened and we stopped going for a few years.  Then we went back.  Maybe it was that break that kept me from taking everything I was told and ingraining it in my mind and soul.  Or maybe it was my sister researching Wiccan and I also found it fascinating until she was told she could not do her Confirmation until she stopped looking at those sites/ message boards.  Or maybe it was because Daddy is Atheist so I knew there were other beliefs out there that differed from Catholicism.  Either way, I have never been able to believe everything that the Church told me.

At one point, I was part of the Goddess Circle – notice the word “Goddess” and you may be able to figure out where the Church would stand on that.  I also think that the tarot and psychics and sometimes karma are relevant ideas.

After my aunt died while I was in college, I stopped going to Church.  Previously, I sometimes took a break due to school and whatnot, but I usually attended.  I was even part of the teen choir and sang every Sunday for the 12:00pm mass.  But I tried to go back several times after my aunt died and I could not stop crying.  I just stopped trying to go.

But tonight, 8 or so years later, I attended a Catholic gathering.  A friend of mine is in a young adult group.  After meeting for business, I invited myself along to her group.  It wasn’t in a Church, but it was in a Catholic retreat center that I’d been to in the past for retreats.  There was prayer and worship and theology.  I enjoyed most of it, but I know my opinion differed from the crowd when they approached the sensitive topics (homosexuality and abortion).  Luckily, they didn’t say anything against me as a person (i.e. opinions on the idea of living with a significant other while unmarried) but, based on the conversation, I recognize that I’m no longer religious but instead relig-ish.  I believe in the power of that altar from a few years ago, but I also felt something at the beginning of worship.  The only explanation I can give (that even sounds far-fetched to me since I don’t remember ever feeling it before) is that it felt like the Holy Spirit had come to visit me

So I guess this post is a big thank you to Nicole (who probably won’t see this) for the opportunity to attend the group and the newer religious stuff, to Michelle for helping return me to religion as a kid but also showing me spirituality and a lot of non-religious stuff, and to Rachelle for having a website and blog that speaks to the act of uniting the two.

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