My liberal feminist mother couldn't take it and we switched to a progressive Methodist church instead, a return to her childhood religious roots.
While I don't feel like I had a particularly religious upbringing, I clearly did. I dumped the idea of a male God and instead prayed to the pagan concept of the Goddess for years.
As it stands, we’re both in this for the long haul and have discussed plans of moving in together when I graduate from college and eventually of getting married. My problem is that I come from a super conservative Christian sub-culture and my boyfriend is an atheist.
While I’m super cool with his personal views on religion (and he is of mine as well, yay!
A victory here isn’t getting them to agree with you, it’s getting them to stop bringing it up, or, when they do, to cut those conversations very, very short.
So say something short and conversation-ending and then do what you have to do to actually end the conversation if they keep going.
I love the classic hymns but they'd rather hear the song from The Grinch.
After 22 years together, we know the best way to make our relationship work -- whether we're talking about religion, television shows, or even what we like to eat -- is to understand that we do not have to agree.
But it is learning to love our differences that has made us stronger as a couple.
When I was a kid, my mother and I joined a very large "non-denominational" Christian Church, one of the earliest versions of the Mega Churches that exist today. I was in the children's choir, the community was lovely, and we sang from a song book with drawings of long-haired hippies.
Everything was great until politics began to creep in and the church began hosting speakers like Jerry Falwell, the ultraconservative pastor and political pundit.
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