Attention smug Christians who say damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead: I hate to tempt your racist, xenophobic, anti-Islamic tendencies, but just for a little thought experiment, let me inform you that a 2018 Pew Research Center study showed that by 2040, Islam could be the second-largest religion in the US. In fact, Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion, mostly due to the fact that Muslims worldwi…
Julie McClung Peck
I grew up in Catholicism — even went to seminary for two years.
When my bride and I got married went to a Lutheran Church because I could get a priest I greatly admired to participate in a non-Catholic ceremony.
When we had children we joined the local Lutheran Church ALS. They were baptized in that church.
After many years of serving on the council, teaching Confirmation etc.
We then moved to a very large Lutheran Church. Unfortunately, it is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It has no connection to the evangelical churches in the South (I spent almost two years in the ARMY at Ft. McClellan AL. Then, rednecks, I met assured me I would forever be at odds with them.
One of the great things at First Lutheran was Via de Cristo (from the Catholic Church) and Centering Prayer (Contemplative Prayer and Lectio Divina are Catholic traditions as well).
We had many people join our Via de Cristo community.
Then we got two new young pastors. I talked with them for about 15 minutes and decided it was time to leave this church because of their homosexual leanings.
I am 70 years old now and homosexuality is a right of every American as is LGTBQ or whatever the letters are.
I am not an angry old man.
We tried an LCA Lutheran Church. We tried a ‘new lutheran’ church. I really like the pastor from an earlier conversation. But that didn’t survive after the first few months.
I am too old, too tired to go through that all again. We had a pastor at First Lutheran, a temporary one between calls. We also had the same experience at our first family Lutheran Church. A fantastic pastor that filled in between permanently ‘called’ pastors.
My faith is strong. I hope to communicate that through one of my publications on Medium — Centering Yourself.
Please take a quick read. I would love for you to write for it. The first five, of I hope many more, teachings are on Contemplative Prayer Practices. The books I use are written by Trappist Monks.
If you feel so inclined please let me know and I will add you as a writer and editor so you can post directly to the publication.
Shalom! (means God is fighting for your Peace!)
Just something I recently wrote.