I would love to see someone found a non-culty, existential movement toward the experience of the sacred within a community...without the baggage brought by church hierarchies, or good people who just gloss over the negative history of every spiritually based organization I can think of.
Personally, I long for the experiences I've had in the Catholic Church...the depth of experience brought by ritual, but I can't bring myself to go. Every once in a while I look up mass times, butI always end up feeling disgusted with the behavior of the Church before I make actual plans to go.
Buddhist communities seem like training in dissociation, asking me to neuter myself and speak always in hushed tones. Christian communities...denial, 'lets just talk about Jesus', and the suspension of disbelief is disconcerting. Unitarians, I don't know why, I just can't.
I would love to attend something like AA...Agnostics Anonymous, something like that. Not a weekly bitch-fest, but an actual community centered around principles rather than authority. I know this comes with a whole host of problems...who controls the finances, who performs the rite at the funeral, all the things pastors do. It must be possible to experience the 'god beyond god', submission to that God, without submission to a potentially/historically corrupt human authority.
Just some thoughts.
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