Time (already??) for the weekly Friday Five…
1. Were you raised in a particular religious faith?
I wasn’t raised in one at home, but my grandma in Ohio was a Christian and she and I talked about God sometimes. In gradeschool my mother and I began attending a church and I got involved with their Pioneer Girls program. In about fifth grade or so, I prayed to accept Jesus as my Savior, but I didn’t have a lot of follow-up or encouragement so I never really grew in my faith until years later.
2. Do you still practice that faith? Why or why not?
Yes, I do. I think I have mellowed a lot since rededicating my life to the Lord in high school, though. Back then, I was extremely black and white in my views. I was also hard-headed and really judgemental of people who didn’t fit my image of what I thought they should be. I’ve learned grace.
3. What do you think happens after death?
I think there is an afterlife, that our spirits are eternal.
4. What is your favorite religious ritual (participating in or just observing)?
I love to observe worship dance. At our church, there is a ministry team that does the most beautiful interperative dance to music. It’s more than just dance, though; they also incorporate beautiful, fluid sign language into the dance and interpret the words of the music. As far as what I like to participate in, singing is what I enjoy. There is something just so right-on about singing with a group and harmonizing. It’s the greatest.
5. Do you believe people are basically good?
That’s a tough one. I think mankind is fallen, that the horrid things people do to one another point to this, but I think there’s the potential for great good in every person.