In this episode, we talk about what our first Easter was like after both of us left the Christian Church. For the past few years, we haven't really celebrated Easter in a religious context, opting for brunch with friends or just our own little quiet family egg hunt and special breakfast. This year, we participated in the Easter programming at our Universalist Unitarian fellowship: our first religious holiday separated from our religion of origin.
First, we talk about where we are at, spiritually and religiously. Leslie doesn't identify as a Christian anymore; Laura does but in a "'f!ck you' to mainstream Evangelicalism" kind of way. In truth, we're pretty much in the same place, just with a little variance on our expression of our beliefs.
Next, we debrief our experience with the Easter service at UUFCO. (spoiler: we loved it!), and talk about what it was like to celebrate Easter without an emphasis on Jesus/resurrection.
We each climb up on a soapbox in this episode. You can find some of Laura's here.
Some corrections: Laura got the date of the Pulse nightclub shooting totally wrong. Leslie referred to the shooter as a white supremacist, when actually he was an Afghani-American with a history of domestic violence and an affinity for ISIL. We apologize. We could use the excuse that there are so many mass shootings to keep track of nowadays, but we really ought to have done our homework if we were going to talk about a specific one.
Content note: Clearly, there's a lot of talk about religious stuff in this episode, mostly Christianity. :)Support Glimmering Podcast
- Episode 73: Easter for the Broken — Last year's Easter episode. It's exciting to see how far we've come!
- Episode 79: Scalzian Mystics — Another episode about our spiritual and religious journeys.
- Laura's FB post about leaving the Christian church — In the Christianity I was raised by and ever encountered, the “world” was only ever framed as something working against Christians and Christianity. “The world” was something Christians were only ever responsible for engaging in vague, spiritual ways: “thoughts and prayers.” Never, ever actual political involvement, protest, or any of the avenues set up for making human change.
- TalkTalk, a song by A Perfect Circle on Spotify — Laura's religious anthem.
- Orlando nightclub shooting - Wikipedia