Septemer 2013: Belittled

A chairperson's opinions on faith made her feel like she didn't belong

We had a newcomer at my home group last night—a teenage boy with his mom. The chair, an old-timer, had selected spiritual experience as the topic. He directed his first comments to the newcomer: “Don’t let the God stuff scare you away,” he said. “We don’t bash any religion in here. In fact, we tell people if you feel connected to a religion, by all means use that.” He also shared that he had struggled with religion.

OK, no problem there.

Then the Traditions started flying out the window as he began to explain why he had trouble with my particular religious...

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