My dad told me, once, that if you believe what the Nazarene taught, you are a Xian. Church doctrine isn’t what determines that.

I found some comfort in that, at the time, because peeling that label off was hard. I grew up believing that God loved me and that Jesus did, too. It was hard coming to grips with the belief that the loving god I was taught about had to be as much a myth as Zeus and Odin. All those stories are interesting, culturally, and are useful to see how people have tried to explain a confusing world. But, none of them have any more significance than that for me.

I don’t like to use the labels “agnostic” or “atheist,” though. They come with their own baggage that I don’t care to wear, either.


Reading this and that

I have not met Omid Safi, but he lives near me.  He teaches at UNC-CH so he’s just down the road.  It was surprising to me to find his essays about Islam on the Religion News website  and realize that this writer is actually a neighbor of sorts.  Today, he wrote about the standing protests in Turkey.  That is a form of activism I can get behind.  Not ranting.  Not screaming.  Not even chanting.  No slogans.  Simply standing for what you think is important.

I have met Lindsey Thompson and Gabriela Quiroz from the Travel Light film crew.  We stopped into a/perture cinema one  Wednesday when they were introducing their post-graduation project to Winston-Salem.  They are part of a group of NC School of the Arts film school students who are hiking the Camino de Santiago this summer.  Blogging as they go, they are making a film about the Camino, one of the most famous Christian pilgrimages in the world.

I’m fascinated by the Camino, so I am really loving following the journey of these filmmakers.