Changing Paths challenge day 10 — still friends.
I’m still friends with several Unitarians, either in person or on social media. Last September two of our longest-standing Unitarian friends from the UK came to visit us in Canada and we had a great time together. A quote from one of them found its way into the book too.
I also have a long running correspondence with another Unitarian friend. And two of the people who I asked to be beta readers for Changing Paths are Unitarian friends. I trust their opinions and I wanted to make sure that I had been fair to the Unitarian movement in the book.
My Unitarian friends respect and value my Pagan and Wiccan path, as I respect and value their faith. We can talk to each other comfortably about our spiritual lives, because no one is trying to convince the other person to change their path. This is important.
I also have Christian friends online (mainly through chatting about the Inklings: Tolkien, Lewis, et al, or because they’re LGBT+ Christians) and none of them are interested in converting me either, thankfully. If they were, it would certainly place a strain on our friendship. Also we have something else in common to talk about — it’s difficult if there’s no frame of reference.
I think it’s important to maintain friendships outside your own religion, both with people of other religions and none, so as to get different perspectives on life.
Changing Paths is published by 1000Volt Press and is available from all the usual online stores. Ask your local bookseller or library to stock it!
The goal of the book is to help you decide your own path by guiding you through the perils and pitfalls of the terrain, and asking questions to help you deepen your understanding of the reasons for your desire to change paths.
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