Conversion(s) b

Just as I was heading to bed last night I learned that Howard Zinn, history professor and author at Boston University, had passed away yesterday from a heart attack. When I think about the conversions that have taken place throughout my life Zinn is someone who plays a role. I grew up catholic, started identifying myself as a Christian in high school and became a Quaker in college (and now tend to use that label for myself more than other labels), and have since remained in the Quaker camp but have continued to change and grow in understanding of faith, culture, the world and politics. Continue reading “Conversion(s) b”

Conversion(s) a

As of late, I’ve been wrestling with the whole idea of conversion. I grew up going to Catholic mass, going to Catholic schools, learning the Catholic way. I never spent much time thinking about conversion in this context, partially because I was young (I stopped attending Catholic-everything after 8th grade) and partially because they have a radically different understanding of what it means to be a Christian (it is not a matter of going to an altar, but learning the practices and language of and living in a family, the Christian church). Then at the age of 14 my step-father asked my brothers and I to say the sinner’s prayer to become Christian. I remember resisting this. First I thought and then asked aloud, “Aren’t I already a Christian? I already try to live and do right and I believe the stuff about Jesus I have learned in school, isn’t that enough?” The answer was an strong no. Continue reading “Conversion(s) a”