Journeys of Faith is a program in which members of the community speak about their spiritual journey for a few minutes at the beginning of the service.
Yvonne McQuilkin gave this Journey of Faith on April 30, 2017.
I’d like to start with a quote that inspired my Journey of Faith:
“Mystery creates wonder, which leads to curiosity, which in turn provides the ground for our desire to understand who we and what we truly are…. So it is best to start at the beginning.”
Ray Wilson gave this Journey of Faith on March 19, 2017.
I was born in 1944, at the height of World War II, and raised in Lexington, Massachusetts. My father, an engineer, was considered an essential civilian and so stayed home. My mother, an English Literature major, was a stay-at-home mom. They fell in love on their first date, and they were a team for over seventy years. I had two sisters and a brother, all younger. My younger sister Sarah and my brother Mark both had cystic fibrosis, and died in their early twenties. A day doesn’t go by without my thinking of them and missing them.
First, I'd like to talk about my "spiritual” journey.
I was brought up Catholic and during high school in the early 1970s was quite involved with the church. This was in part due to a young liberal priest who ran a "rap group" for young people. It was a mix of prayer, folk songs, consciousness raising, and meditation.
I was raised Roman Catholic, as my family moved from Chicago to Buffalo to Pittsburgh and back. My Baptist father signed an agreement with the church that my brothers and I were to be raised Catholics. I remember masses in Latin. My older brothers went to Catholic school and experienced the nuns’ strict discipline. For his 50th birthday, one brother got a wind-up toy nun that spit sparks as it walked down the table.
To me, Catholicism was a closed, doctrinal faith that was out of touch with how I came to understand the world. I grew up during the heyday of environmentalism – a time of increased understanding of our reliance on the natural world. Christianity didn’t talk about our relation to nature, except that we fell from it.
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