LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

Did the Bible happen for real? I don’t super-care about that. It’s more like: is it transformative?

Did the Bible happen for real? I don’t super-care about that. It’s more like: is it transformative?

I’m a follower of Jesus. I believe in the kingdom of God: this place where nothing is missing and no one is missing; this utopian world where everything is right. And I believe that Jesus is the most concrete example of how to get there, or of what it looks like when the kingdom ofRead more about Did the Bible happen for real? I don’t super-care about that. It’s more like: is it transformative?[…]

You cannot attain spirituality through institutionalisation. You have to look for spirituality somewhere else. Maybe in human connections, or nature.

You cannot attain spirituality through institutionalisation. You have to look for spirituality somewhere else. Maybe in human connections, or nature.

As children growing up in Delhi, our encounters with religion were very fluid. We went to the Hindu temple if there was prasad [religious food offering], to the Gurudwara when they offered free lunch; we played at the Hindu cremation grounds and the Muslim burial grounds…We didn’t care who was Hindu or Muslim. But afterRead more about You cannot attain spirituality through institutionalisation. You have to look for spirituality somewhere else. Maybe in human connections, or nature.[…]

Because I’m brown, and my first name is Mohammed, I’m still a victim of Islamophobia, even though I’m not Muslim

Because I’m brown, and my first name is Mohammed, I’m still a victim of Islamophobia, even though I’m not Muslim

I am a little anti-religion. But I think I am a very spiritual person. I believe in a greater sense of purpose and connectedness in the universe. And that doesn’t necessarily come from a higher being, but just…nature, and feeling connected with the earth. I trailrun a lot, out in the North Shore mountains. I’veRead more about Because I’m brown, and my first name is Mohammed, I’m still a victim of Islamophobia, even though I’m not Muslim[…]

I believe in participating in something that’s bigger than me.

I believe in participating in something that’s bigger than me.

I believe in overarching social structures. You’re part of a culture whether you think intentionally about it or not. I believe in participating in something that’s bigger than me. For me, Judaism is a tangible structure that connects to people in other countries. My family is all from Canada. But through marriages we’ve had distantRead more about I believe in participating in something that’s bigger than me.[…]

I believe in a path that’s out of our hands. I think of how I met my wife.

I believe in a path that’s out of our hands. I think of how I met my wife.

I believe there’s some kind of uncaused cause or universal creator, the essence of which is something to do with love. Our feeling of love comes somehow from this universal creator that created life in the universe and everything and us. Our journey in this world is to figure out our place and relationship toRead more about I believe in a path that’s out of our hands. I think of how I met my wife.[…]

I don’t seek out anything more than that people are responding as best they can to how, where, when they live.

I don’t seek out anything more than that people are responding as best they can to how, where, when they live.

I don’t have religious commitments. I believe in hierarchies of privilege, social places. I’m intrigued by circumstances, by people’s responses, what things they believe and need to believe and so on. I think that people’s religious positions, or their admiration for nature or whatever else it might be, depends often on the ability they haveRead more about I don’t seek out anything more than that people are responding as best they can to how, where, when they live.[…]

We don’t function well without some kind of inherent faith in how things are gonna work out.

We don’t function well without some kind of inherent faith in how things are gonna work out.

If I put it simply I believe that we live by faith. Faith that things are gonna keep going okay. And diversity is a big value. The more input you have from different areas, the better things turn out. There’s a bunch of things that culminated in realising how important different inputs are. Studying EconomicsRead more about We don’t function well without some kind of inherent faith in how things are gonna work out.[…]

I am Muslim. But I am also Christian, and I am also Jew, because I believe that religion is one.

I am Muslim. But I am also Christian, and I am also Jew, because I believe that religion is one.

I believe in the unseen. I don’t believe that whatever you see in the world is all there is. That’s the core of what I believe. So the concept of God for me doesn’t have a shape, or a definition, or a set of descriptors that I can just put one after each other andRead more about I am Muslim. But I am also Christian, and I am also Jew, because I believe that religion is one.[…]

I’m still a Christian but…I don’t go to church…Instead I meditate a lot. 

I’m still a Christian but…I don’t go to church…Instead I meditate a lot. 

I’m still a Christian but…I don’t go to church…Instead I meditate a lot. I grew up in a Christian family in Africa. My Mum was Protestant and my Dad was Catholic. I don’t even know how that worked [laughing] but it worked. So I believe in Christianity. But over time you grow up and youRead more about I’m still a Christian but…I don’t go to church…Instead I meditate a lot. […]