Does anyone else miss their former faith in here. There are times I start missing the church and I end up going to church and then I'm fully reminded as to the reason that I'm an Atheist.
I don't miss Christianity itself, but I do miss the convenience of a readymade community. It's hard to really connect with people when my life is work and home lol. I also miss the activities, like singing in the choir. There are secular options, but none that work with my schedule. Part of why I joined this site was just to make new friends that have similar values.
No. Thinking back, I never found enjoyment in attending church, reciting the rosary, kneeling...sitting...standing...kneeling...sitting...standing during mass, making up sins just so that I have something to say at confessions, listening to parables (which I never found enlightening).
The only interest I ever had with Catholicism was the idea that priests had "super powers" in regards to exorcism. I probably picked this idea up after watching the movie.
I don't miss my faith. And for a while I tried going to a Unitarian Universalist church for the community, and the music. Now I get my music other ways. Even UU services were just too churchy for me. And I have lots of other options for community, including this one!
My brother and his wife live in Bethel, Alaska. If you miss the social connection, you can check online or the library bulletin board to see when local groups meet that share your interests. Join a dance class, a hiking or bird watching group, a kayacking group, book club, etc.
If you finish writing your profile and answering the profile questions, people here can get to know you better, and you'll earn points.