I have shared before here that I am not an especially religious Bumble. I don't belong to any specific place of worship or participate in any one religion's organized gatherings. It doesn't mean I have no faith - it just means that I do my practicing internally. I've attended services in a variety of churches and temples throughout the East Coast. I have been to countless wedding ceremonies spanning a spectrum of beliefs and traditions. I find them all to be quite interesting. Catholic services provide the biggest workout. Lots of standing and sitting and kneeling going on there. Greek Orthodox especially appreciate the trinity as well as the incense. Presbyterians in general are less stuffy and ceremonial. Baptists are the loudest. Jews tell the best stories in their message. I haven't encountered any Muslim or Buddhist temples yet. I look forward to those experiences some day.
All religions have the same basic tenant at their core. A belief in one guiding message with one wise leader showing its followers the way. It always amazes me the many different ways the collection of humanity decides to practice their religion. How two people brought up in one religion can end up interpreting that message in completely opposite ways. How many wars are fought in the name of faith. How much money is raised. How many scandals occur. How much giving is borne. How many lessons are taught. How much pride and confidence is gained. Religions accept, they banish and they forgive. The ability to recognize our differing allegiances and support our rights to follow them is what makes me most happy to live in the country that I do.
In this region Catholicism is the majority and not a minority. But my town of Natick, MA offers many choices in the religious tapestry:
- Albanian Orthodox
- Christian Scientist
- Coptic Orthodox
- Jehovah's Witness
Does your town have a variety of faiths represented? Have you experienced another religion's way of worship?