Parish Universalist Church
790 Washington Street, P. O. Box 284, Stoughton, Massachusetts 02072
Children's Chapel: 10:30 AM
Church School: 10:45 AM
Coming of Age Sunday: Belief Statements
Rev. Jeffrey Symynkywicz, May 27, 2007
These are the belief statements delivered by the 2006-2007 Coming of Age Class.
In the book, "Green Angel", by Alice Hoffman, the leading character takes on a rather cynical view of life. Despite this fact, I felt drawn to her ideas of fate and God, because I too have similar beliefs. Life is unfolding itself around us, even when we are too busy being caught up in our own lives to notice. I wouldn't call what I believe in "Fate", but I do believe that each individual has a purpose on Earth, whether God gave them that purpose, or it is merely a goal the person set for themself.
What I love most about life, is it's like one big Nancy Drew novel.
..minus the last chapter. No matter how we try, some questions will never
be answered in our lifetime. The best we can do is find a theory that
makes sense to us, and never stop looking more ideas. We may never be
able to see God, or his plans for us, but that doesn't mean we can't look.
I believe that God is so far beyond the human mind, that relating it to such simple, human senses such as touch, sight, and sound, is completely impossible. God cannot justly be described as "a beautiful sunset", or "a calm breeze", or "a child's laugh", because god is everything. God is the heart-beat of the world, and if we stay still long enough, maybe we will feel the beat reach inside our souls.
I believe in multiple things from multiple religions, but I mostly follow the traditions ofPaganism. To clear up suspicions of most Pagans and Wiccans, I don't call myself a Pagan to get a rise out of the crowd. I don't scream it on every street corner and wear giant pentacles everywhere. I call myself Pagan because that is where the most part of my beliefs come from and it's what I have most participated in since I was about 8 years old or so. I also believe in things spanning from Buddhism, Hinduism, Modern Christianity , and Paganism. I believe in Nirvana, a place of eternal calm and tranquility .I believe in gods and goddesses, like Brigid, Freya, and Morgan, to name a few. I don't believe that there is one all mighty God. I don't believe that the human mind is capable of understanding or trying to explain it.
This excerpt from 'Catcher in the Rye' is a conversation between Holden Caulfield, the main character, and a friend from school, Arthur Childs. This excerpt in a way explains my views on the subject of God.
Don't worry Jeff, we all love you. We don't think your phony. That is just a peak into the head of a 16 year old, slightly psychotic, boy who might actually, to some degree, know what he's talking about. That the one thing I really, above all, do not believe is that Jesus, the all mighty savior, would actually send his people to Hell. It seems like a double negative. If someone were such a savior, why would they send their people to Hell? So I say you could call me a Pagan with very eclectic beliefs if you wish, or you could just call me Becky.
There are many things that different people believe in. Some people believe
in many gods that have a specialty that they do or that they represent.
And others believe in one almightily god that is all powerful. And others
have a collection of many beliefs and put it into their own belief and
words. I believe that we are all part of a bigger picture. I think that
everything is connected and that everything happens for a reason. I believe
in heaven and hell. I think that heaven is the place where you go when
you die and you decide how you spend eternity there. You could relive
the happiest time of your life but you can also just take a break and
relax for a little bit and then when you're done just get back to doing