I'm not a particularly religious person at this stage in my life (I'll stop and wait for the audible gasps to subside...) I believe in a higher power and the Greater Good, but I don't want to be one of those douche-baggy people who say, "I'm not religious, I'm SPIRITUAL."
I grew up hardcore COC (Church of Christ, for you lay people), and then immediately rebelled against it upon being subjected to daily chapel and Bible classes at Lipscomb University. To be fair to Lipscomb, I was already leaning away, but that was the Jesus-straw that broke the proverbial camel's back.
Now that I'm a mommy, I am revisiting the whole religion thing. I have fond memories of church as a small child (it's when I became old enough to ask questions that things went sour), and I think it's good for kids to grow up with that moral compass and community. Therefore, I'm trying to find some happy medium for A. You know, somewhere in between Sunday pagan sleeping-in rituals, and Shoving-Jesus-Forcibly-Down-Your-Throat-Old-School-COC.
So the question becomes, what kind of church fits my little family? It needs to be strong enough for Austin, yet pH-balanced for Mommy. Liberal enough to accept that I'm an unrepentant single mother/ recreational alcoholic, but not so liberal as, for example, the Unitarian Church fairy walks (no joke- a teacher down the hall from me last year did that shit.)
I actually tried a new church today, and it was ok. You can click here for the full review. I didn't burst into flames, so that was good. A was also super-smiley when I picked him up from the nursery, so that was good, too. I didn't rededicate my life or anything this morning, but at least I had A mingling with a morally superior group of tots.