I took the kids to Church today!
Seeing as I’m not at all religious – if pressed for a label I’d call myself a Humanist – this is quite unusual.
Don’t worry though; I’m not about to go banging on doors telling you that you’ll burn to death in Hell forever if you don’t give yourself to Jaysus.
We’ve started taking Jallie to a playgroup run by a local church, & they love it! There are some fantastic toys there – a mini kitchen, a sandbox, lots of cars / bikes they can zoom around in -& lots of other parents with children of varying sizes & abilities. There’s even free toast & tea & coffee!
About halfway through all the kids sit down around a little table for drinks & biccies: it’s so strange seeing Jake & Ellie sitting there so quietly, eating like little adults, as if it’s the most ordinary thing in the world! They seem really chuffed about it too.
There’s usually an activity, mainly for the older children: picking out leaves from different trees outside, learning how to plant seeds, etc.
It seems to be run on a voluntary basis by church people, & they only ask for a minimal donation each time.
I tend to be pretty negative about religion; when you look at the deep corruption, viciousness & intolerance that seems to be inherent in the larger, more dogmatic versions – paedophile priests being protected in the name of God, holy wars, etc. etc. ad nauseum – it’s easy to be that way.
But these people are just nice, generous, giving something back to their community. It’s reminded me – not that I should need it, as I walk past a Sally Army charity shop nearly every day – that much good can come out of religion along with the great evil. It’s been suggested to me that religion is more of a catalyst than a cause, & that may well be true.
Not that they care: they just like getting to run around & have fun! And the biccies, of course…
If only all of life were that simple, eh?
- Humanist weddings increasingly popular (psychologytoday.com)
- British Humanists want accurate census (1minionsopinion.wordpress.com)
- “Census religion question flawed and misleading, say humanists” and related posts (anglican-mainstream.net)
- Is this how they defend Christian theology today? (psychologytoday.com)
- Humanists Advocate Alternative to National Day of Prayer (americanhumanist.org)