Confession time: if I describe myself as an unapologetic atheist today (I do), then I can say that I grew up in a very Christian/relig-ish household. We prayed over meals. We occasionally attended the non-denominational church flavor-of-the-week. A "personal relationship with God" was my dad's self-realized most important contribution to his children's lives.
In other words, my parents' religious endeavors were certainly alternative. And yes, there were plenty of home churches, too.
So when this whole dialogue about the "nones" (self-proclaimed, religiously unaffiliated, spiritual but not religious) started a few months ago, my reaction was "this is new? shit, this is how I grew up!"
Rachelle Mee-Chapman was tapped by SogoMEDIA TV to delve into the subject of living a religious life when the various tried-and-true institutions of church have summarily failed you. The subject matter is granular, but I was attracted to it -- as I have been with Tripp's material -- because it is overtly well-meaning and, in my mind, a healthy, progressive way to balance the playing field against those who take their religion to extremes.
Because here's the secret about Religish: it doesn't work if you don't have an open mind. And open minds are the only solution to narrow-minded religious extremism.
A bit of a technical note: while the video below is Rachelle's first episode of Religish, it's not the same video that was posted on SogoMEDIA. By way of self-introduction, I ripped the original video and recut it, offering my production services to Rachelle and Religish.
Watch the video and let us know what you think. Is a religish practice new to you, or is it something you've lived with for a long time?
-- Jordan Krumbine
Alternative, emergent, right-fit, out-of-the-box, and occasionally outright incomprehensible. Horribly right or horribly wrong, either way this is Horbawrong Religion.
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