As an atheist, I have not been in a church for decades. But this week a friend invited me to the Cascade Unitarian Church.
It was wonderful! I knew nearly everyone and felt loved and welcomed.
The minister's message was about improving the Golden Rule. Treat people as they want to be treated, not how you want to be treated. Over 22 religions have some form of the Golden Rule.
This message resonated with me. I felt centered and grounded. No mention of Jesus.
Members were invited to light a candle and share joys or sorrows. One man talked eloquently about how he refused to accept help and it resulted in loneliness. He spoke of his "trembling and vulnerable heart" and the weight of "carrying the flaming saber of justice."
"Your words hit me in the center of my chest," I told him afterward. I got lots of hugs and enjoyed connecting with old friends. Found two new female hiking partners!
Next week they will celebrate Paganism. I plan to go. This is what church should be: acceptance and connections between people.