From the August 1971 magazine.

11th Step

Sought through prayer meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

WHEN I WAS SMALL, my parents sent me to several different Sunday schools, but I don't think they ever went to church themselves. My aunts and uncles were members of different sects, and when they came to visit, they took me with them to their churches. My parents made no objection, and, in fact, I believe they thought it would be good for me. As it turned out, it wasn't.

Before World War I, religious intolerance was much stronger, more prevalent, and more open than it is today. I heard hellfire-and-brimstone sermons, and usually the damned were those people who did not attend that particular church. Since I attended a number of different churches, I heard them all ripped up and down, at one time or another. To a youngster, it was very confusing.

-- R. A. S.

Tucson, Arizona

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