Then after seven years, I'm not sure why it happened, but as executive officer of a Coast Guard cutter stationed in Hawaii, while we were on a two month South Pacific cruise, and I made a new commitment to the faith of fundamentalist Christianity.
"Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support."
In the UU Church, we have members who are athiests, agnostics, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, gay/lesbian, etc, etc... all joined together in the spirit of the above covenant. If you are not sure which church/religion you belong in but have a desire to explore or join with others of like-mind, try a Sunday morning service of a Unitarian Universalist Church near you. The service is inspiring with sermon, choir, music and at least one fantastic loving pastor. Many UU Churches have a Mindfullness Meditation Group based on Zen Buddhism teaching by such insightful teachers as Tich Naht Hahn; such group meets a couple of times a week and majors on teaching mindfulness meditation. I am pleased to belong to such a group in addition to the other church activities.
Please do not mis-understand this blog post. I am not trying to convert you from your present faith (or non-faith). But if doubt in your beliefs are beginning to creep in and you are looking for some spiritual understanding and direction, please consider trying Unitarian Universalism as a great place to explore or just to be comfortable in your present belief system with no pressure to change.