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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 I imagine God as Spirit who lives integrated into His creation to manifest His love for all in every part of life.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe that love triumphs over evil and grace wins hands down. 1 person liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I was 19 years old, I experienced a very powerful infilling of love that I had never known and I knew it was God.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My greatest moment of doubt did not have to do with God specifically, but rather the view of Him that others dictated that I should have. I'm thankful that I listened to my heart..the view many people have of God is skewed.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My spiritual life is how I walk through this life, by faith, listening and communing back and forth in a balanced exchange of love.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator There have been many misconceptions about belief in my lifetime, I no longer believe in the 'system'.. my belief has transformed into faith in love and I rest in that knowledge that love will win.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I hesitate selecting a role model because people tend to let us down from time to time, but I do value the spiritual contributions that these people have left us with.. Jesus Christ, Ghandi, Anne Hutchinson, Apostle Paul, Helen Keller, and Princess Diana.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Love others as you would like for them to love you. Be humble and willing to be wrong. Arrogance is a huge stumbling block.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that Jesus loved me and God watched over me.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator an adventurous walkabout in the wild, relying on faith every step of the way.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a non-church-goer who occasionally attended a Lutheran church.
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 parents and I are pretty much on the same page with our faith but we all live out our faith a bit differently.
If you have children, did becoming a parent change your relationship to faith? If so, how? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Becoming a mommy for the first time poured a measure of love into me that I can't explain. It brought me to believe more in life.

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 I live out my faith daily in spontaneous ways as opportunities present themselves. Sometimes it's just right here at home with my family or on various social networks. I am not fond of the term 'practice' my faith..it sounds like I'm in ballet class. I live out my faith on the stage of life.
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 don't believe in traditions for our faith, but we enjoy traditions as a family that draws us together for fellowship. Mostly we gather for a large feast and we gather once a week to do this with small groups and invite more people every couple of months when we rent a larger facility. 1 person liked this
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The most difficult part about living out my faith is dealing with people who reject us over our beliefs.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator the family dining table, hugs in the morning and at bedtime, enjoying being together as a family.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator oh golly..there are many.. I glean from spiritual lessons in many movies. I don't think I could list them all.

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 I don't think religion should be involved in politics, but I do find great value in the principles of love, freedom, and justice. I believe these things should be involved in politics and I believe they already are to some degree. I believe these things should be upheld.
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, I think they should be offered at 12th grade level in a class of philosophy.
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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 Yes, in 12th grade philosophy class. I feel that these types of classes should be student led with adult moderating to help avoid conflicts. An adult who is open minded and mature in their own beliefs to allow a healthy exchange of ideas.
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Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator YES! I think this is very much needed..our world's faith population is growing and in order to retain a healthy perspective and understanding of one another is needed to survive together as humans on this planet.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, I do feel comfortable, however I also do my best to discern what to say or not to say in which types of groups I am in.
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 I don't view my faith as a 'duty', but I do see the very necessity to allow myself to respond naturally to the Spirit within me to reach out to others as prompted to by God. If I don't get the prompting to, I refrain. I don't want to do something just to puff myself up to feel good. That, in my opinion, would be false charity.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I think that depends on a person's beliefs.
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 has no bearing on my faith now, but at the time that it happened, it deepened my critical thinking process. I believe that for reasons like 9/11 I am more interested in understanding where people of other faiths are coming from so I can better communicate with them and teach my own children so they can be better equipped for their future.

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