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People may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our argument, despise our person, but they are helpless against our prayers. I'm religious not spiritual

How Do You Imagine God?
God in America and USA WEEKEND Magazine are partnering to explore Americans' images of God.

How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator God is our advocate, judge, and guide. God is moving within us and throughout the universe still "in the creation business." God is that which eternally cries out "See I have a made a new thing!"
How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator God is our advocate, judge, and guide. God is moving within us and throughout the universe still "in the creation business." God is that which eternally cries out "See I have a made a new thing!"

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that the greatest force in the world is you plus God.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when I was in Turkey on pilgrimage at the age of 17.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when I was lost in my early 20's
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator everything to me... I was watching a documentary the other day about the first Gulf War. Some US military troops were entering a house and they made the Muslim inhabitants get out of the house, get on their knees and hold their hands up. It was a safety measure for the troops and I understand that, but we were also broadcasting an image across the world of Muslims at gunpoint in their prayer position. I do not know what I would do if someone put me in that same type of position.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Martin Luther King - he was willing to go to any measure for his call.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator inclusion.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That God was my friend. Now I know that God is an advocate and guide... that's different than a friend.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator A wonderful and terrifying journey towards the cross.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator an Episcopalian
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My Mother and Stepfather are Episcopal and My Father is Baptist and Stepmother is Catholic. My beliefs differ greatly from all of my parents because my theology has begun to inform my politics and I have become more and more liberal.

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The majority of my faith practice comes from where I work - St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator We do not practice more than one religion or faith but we have many denominations expressed in our family. Well, we have a group in my family who are a-theistic and agnostic, we don't really do much except entertain there disclaimers around the holidays.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It's easy because I have adjusted my life to allow me to be more faithful.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My prayer kneeler

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Ones religion must inform their ethos. If it does not, then it is not religion its a fraternity or a sorority. Beyond how one is shaped to deal with questions of ethics and fairness and justice, religion should not become law.
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. Religion is the major motivating cultural factor in the world. A young student should not leave school without knowing about Love, Sex, Math, and Religion. These are constants in the world.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Sure... just as in the above statement, these religions are prolific. They should add the Upanishads as well.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Interfaith Dialogue might be the most important task of our century. Find someone who does this well (ie. Bill Sachs or Eboo Patell) and you will find someone who is at the center of the largest movement in the world.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator of course... its what I do for a living
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. These actions are helping young people find a way to experience God. Helping them put a language around their image of God.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Politics inevitably ruin everything... however, politics are part of the human condition. We are social, political animals. God would not have created us in this way if there were not some way to redeem this.
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator 9/11 had very little impact on my religious view except that it made me realize that we were WAY TOO LATE with the interfaith dialogue and we had better get a move on!

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Published October 11, 2010

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