I don't know if anyone will actually read this, but I'm going to write something & see if anyone responds! I'm a seeker, would like to attend meeting, but because of location, it's not going to happen soon; the nearest meeting, a very small one, is in a neighboring town and has no children. I have a 12 year old, and she loves the church youth group at the Methodist church that we've attended her whole life. Weighing everything, staying involved in that church is the best plan...for now.
However, I need jumpstarted spiritually. I'm very liberal theologically, and have lost the ability to feel the Light--sometimes, even believing it's there is tough. I've gotten too good at questioning, and not good at having faith. The last year has been a rough one for me, and I'm still making sense of the world--at almost 50, you'd think I'd have more answers and fewer questions, wouldn't you?! I used to have more answers, but...not so much. The social gospel resonants with me, and I still embrace that easily, but there's a spark missing that I used to have.
I am a teacher in an urban school, yes, even though you might imagine western Ohio as rural or small town, I deal with rampant teen pregnancy, gun violence, the allure of gangs--maybe not on the scale of Cleveland or Columbus, but coupled with our high poverty rate, yep, I teach in an urban school. I believe that loving others is our prime directive as Christians, and in that respect, my school is my mission field. But in the sense of learning to love, not in the preaching at people. I leave that to my fundamentalist coworkers!
I need spiritual friends. I need people to talk with and be supported by as I look for the joy and peace--the faith--that I used to find, and as I ponder Truth. I haven't been sure where to start with that--maybe this is the place!