Post # 31
I recommend seeing if there is an active Old Catholic Church near you. Here is a good description of the difference between Roman Catholics and Old Catholics – how the Roman Catholic Church recognizes the OCC as a valid Church much as they the Greek Orthodox but they they do not line up in all parts of doctrine with the RCC. Good luck in your search.
Post # 32
I would suggest researching different churches in your area; often, having a younger priest/pastor makes a huge difference.
I attend a Lutheran church and the views of the church, pastor and congregation align with your views. There is also a United church in my community that has been designated as an affirming ministry, which is radically welcoming and of everyone, including people of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer sexual orientation.
Post # 33
- Wedding: June 2016 - Poulsbo, WA
I agree that you might find the Episcopal church to be a really good fit. The service will be pretty close to what you’re used to, but Episcopalians are known for being very open-minded and accepting and rather socially liberal. Good luck finding somewhere that feels right!
Post # 34
I’m a Christian, but stopped going to church because, like you, I did not fit in. I don’t feel like I need church or the community aspect of it because I view religion as something personal and private. If the community aspect of it is important to you, you could try going to different churches, maybe even Protestant ones. They still do communion. Presbyterians tend to be pretty laidback if you are looking for a less strict church. You could even form your own group of like-minded people, and y’all could meet each week and discuss different topics.