It seems counterintuitive to have a conversation on being done with religion in a church setting. Why do we want to host this conversation? Our friends, family, and community need a space to hear each others grievances. Honestly, our churches are the ones who need to have this conversation the most. At the Mount we believe that honest, even hard truth, conversation better equips us to respond to the needs of one another. There is no progress without vulnerability. And a faith without vulnerability is one that is only interested in winning arguments or being superior to others.
There are many reasons people are disenfranchised with religion. Cookie-cutter answers to unanswerable questions. A lack of imagination. An inability to love others where they are at. Boxing people into rules that aren't healthy or ethically sound. Certainly, ethics that are picked and chosen to benefit some and not others. This is all before we get to class and race in congregations, equality of genders, sexes, and sexuality.
We want to invite you to come and share your experiences.
At the Mount we believe that people are doing the best they can, and we can all do better. We are better when we can listen. We are better when we can hear one another and have empathy. Lets take a risk and maybe we will be better for it.