First I'm not interested in church related drama. My experience has been that there is as much gossip and backstabbing in some churches as out in the world. I also don't want a 'preacher' that is going to give hour diatribes about sin, who's sinning and the hell that they are going to.
I crave lessons not admonishment.
Also I don't want a church that gets bogged down with politics or one that is trying to be in lock-step with White right wing evangelical churches.
What I'm really craving is a church and a person of God that delivers a message of how to incorporate spirituality into my daily life. I want to learn how to use religious text to navigate the complexities of life in this new century.
So I'm on the hunt for a church. I would really like to find a church with a woman pastor. That's not easy. Men dominate the pulpit it seems. I think the right woman would be able to understand the difficulties that women face in today's world. Especially single women.
I think one of my goals for the new year is to find a progressive church and became apart of that community.
I wonder if I should look outside of traditional churches. Maybe even other religions.
Do you have a hard time finding a church that feels like "home"? Also do you think that a woman is better able to minister to woman?
If you were raised in the Christian church would you or have you as an adult considered other religions?
Art Attribution: "Going To Church" by William H. Johnson