I have a post stirring around in my head. It is about what to do with my oldest son regarding Confirmation Classes at church. I'm having mixed emotions and haven't had time to talk to my husband about it yet. However, he does not really believe in organized religion and just goes through the motions because a) that's what he was required to do growing up and b) because I gave him the option to participate with us and he chose to do so. Really, it's all b). I don't think a) has anything to do with it. I know he will have an opinion - I'm not sure if he will say Big E should go through this two year process because it will help him decide how to live his religious (or non) life as an adult or if he will say he thinks it's a big waste of time OR something in between. In the end though, he will probably say he will support whatever is decided.
I haven't been able to put my thoughts into written words yet except to say that I am not 100% convinced it's necessary to go through this process. I do understand the importance of having an understanding of the commandments, the sacraments, the Old and New Testament. That participating in community service and other activities is a great life lesson. I just don't know that going through this process and then a confirmation ceremony really strengthens one's relationship with God. All of those other things can be done if one is interested.
We haven't been going to church AT ALL since moving back to Ohio. We used to go and participate on a very regular basis when we lived in Overland Park (KS). What changed? We really loved our church in OP and we have not given this church, which is the church we went to prior to moving to KS, a fair chance. My views about organized religion also wax and wane, so that doesn't help. I find my views integrate the church and Humanism.
So there it is. I guess I really do have a post in me and I'm not blog blocked. I thought I was, but I have now written an entire post. What do you think? How do you handle your kids religious education? And please, no nasty comments. I am not looking to be attacked and called a heathen - not that any of you I know would really do that, but in case a newcomer is visiting, don't attack me or any of the other commenters. I am okay with constructive criticism, but no nasty name calling!
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