Many of you are visiting for the first time, or are visiting after a long hiatus. I’m fascinated by the glimpses I’ve caught of many of you in the comments. I wanted to open up a post so that you can introduce yourself, if you so desire. No pressure! Whether or not you’re a regular, a lurker, or just happened by in the past two days, please tell us who you are, a little bit about your spiritual history, and feel free to promote your own blog if you have one!
I’ll go first:
I’m John, mild-mannered database administrator and project manager by day, SF writer and iconoclast blogger at night. I avoid long walks on the beach and will kayak, bike or swim instead. I’m half-Japanese and was raised partly in Japan, so that makes me culturally Buddhist and Shinto, like most Japanese. I joined the Mormon Church when I turned 18 and went on a mission to Japan at 19. I’m in my late 30s now. I spent much of my twenties becoming an atheist, and a good chunk of my thirties trying to separate from the church. I have two brilliant children and my partner Jana also blogs. We are now affiliated with the Orange County Friends Meeting (a liberal Quaker meeting). I currently use the Quaker label to define my core values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community and equality, and the terms atheist, skeptic, non-theist, absurdist, and secular humanist to describe my beliefs.
I’ve been blogging here since August of 2001, and much of my journey out of Mormonism is buried here somewhere. I will try to link to some of the critical moments. I invited xJane to join me a few years ago, and we’ve been a blogging duo ever since.
Tag! you’re it!