This site exists because I made an early New Year’s resolution to stop bugging all my Facebook friends, who generally read for posts about my family, with constant reflections about my family’s faith. I kept thinking, “after I talk about this one issue . . . after things settle down in our congregation and there’s not so much going on . . . after I finish my Chalica posts”–I am going to stop posting about religion all the time. Unfortunately, over these same months I have found myself with an increasing number of questions, musings, and occasionally, frustrations about my religion and about religious life, generally. Sometimes I have felt, in a way that’s bigger than the Facebook format really allows, that I might have a thing or two to say about all of this–but NOT that I’d like to literally say (I am terrified of oratory-style public speaking. I hate it. The mere thought gives me goosebumps.) What I needed, it occurred to me, was something like a column. Or . . . a blog. Aha!
I’m interested in all things religious–history, beliefs, the ins and outs of congregational life and even denominational growth and politics–but particularly the biggest questions, which sometimes seem like the smallest. Why do we go to church? How should we treat those who mistreat us? Can we raise children with a clear denominational identity and still encourage them to think critically and love openly? I was thinking about these questions this morning and realized that overall, I wonder how, in a religion that values (among other things) individualism, freedom of conscience, and differing viewpoints, we might attempt to raise children of faith. And lo, Raising Faith was born.
I am a Unitarian Universalist (hesitantly since 2005 . . . transformatively since this past summer). My Christian faith remains important to me as well; my husband and I are doing our best to raise our two young sons in a blend of both faiths, making spirituality an intentional matter in our home and our lives. Sometimes this feels beautiful. Sometimes it feels a bit scattered. And sometimes, like this morning, I am too busy trying to keep my two year old from swallowing our nativity Jesus to think much about faith in the bigger picture.
I want this to be a space to explore issues, ask questions, share discoveries, and celebrate the joy and beauty of family-life-in-faith. What I don’t envision is an overly reverent take on any of the above, an exclusively UU perspective (in fact, I hope not–let’s get ecumenical about this), or commentary without the occasional mistake or misstep. Let’s be real. It may be messy at times. Even edgy (!) But it will also be fun, and funny . . . and, who knows, maybe we’ll even learn something.
Looking forward to the conversation–thanks for reading!