LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

After the religion of motherhood, perhaps I’ll follow the Hare Krishna’s

After the religion of motherhood, perhaps I’ll follow the Hare Krishna’s

I used to be very religious. It started when I was 8: when you learn everything about god through school. You kind of become indoctrinated. I was Christened and confirmed, and that probably compounded it. And then when I got to a Church of England school, it was even more pushed in your face. AndRead more about After the religion of motherhood, perhaps I’ll follow the Hare Krishna’s[…]

We humans need to belong to or connect to somewhere or someone.

We humans need to belong to or connect to somewhere or someone.

This week’s participant asked to remain anonymous. Instead of taking their picture, we asked them to provide a photo they had taken that best represented their beliefs. They further requested to submit their own reflections, since they wanted to participate, but did not feel comfortable being  interviewed. They gave me their reflections in a hand-writtenRead more about We humans need to belong to or connect to somewhere or someone.[…]

The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.

The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.

I believe there is a universal, supreme force. In terms of Christianity, it’s what you might call more than the seventh heaven. In Hinduism we have this concept. Krishna says: “I am the Lord, I am him but beyond Him”. That “but beyond” is what I believe in: something beyond the world, universe, galaxies, allRead more about The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.[…]

We should be strong enough to find inspiration in logical things rather than made-up stories

We should be strong enough to find inspiration in logical things rather than made-up stories

I have no religious beliefs. I don’t believe in higher powers. For me what’s important in life is knowledge; beauty and enjoyment; and doing good. None of the religions that I know of ring true with what I believe in. I believe in evolution, and in scientific knowledge, though it’s an imperfect work-in-progress. When itRead more about We should be strong enough to find inspiration in logical things rather than made-up stories[…]

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.[…]

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.[…]