If you are a freethinker, spiritual seeker, or just a curious onlooker, this blog is for you.
If you find yourself at odds with, cast out of, or recovering from traditional faith of any kind, this blog is for you.
If you are an open-minded Christian, or an open-minded atheist, this blog is for you.
I am a former Lutheran pastor. I left that career and now teach violin full-time and I have recently become a part of the Unitarian Universalist faith. I’d like to share more about that journey, and about what UU means to me.
I would also like to share more about my own beliefs.
They have taken shape over the years of seminary study, reading the Bible in the original languages, studying texts of other faiths, and a considerable amount of dedicated study of atheism. I do not dismiss any of it. But neither do I regard any sacred text, including the Bible, as having absolute authority, divine authorship, or literal reference to history. It has a penetrating aesthetic value and certain parts of it are rich with meaning for those who wish to base their meditations on it. But it is no longer normative for me.
I have a story to tell about what it was like being a pastor. It was full of its own set of rewards and devastations, and I learned many lessons. I made many mistakes, some of them due to youth and inexperience, some of them due to stubbornness (I am German, after all), and some of them due to what I see as flaws inherent in the Christian and Lutheran belief system. In the latter case they were mistakes I was bound to make, in other words.
I also had victories. Some of them were quite remarkable. I’d like to share those too. I carried away an understanding of church, religious community, and shared goals that will remain with me forever.
But the most important thing, the thing that I want to share most of all, is that I am grateful for the journey. Ironically I had to become a pastor to discover the things I needed to know, the things that caused me to leave the ministry. I will share more of those things along the way.
Thanks for coming along. I’d love to hear about your spiritual journey, your comments, stories, and suggestions.