Here's something different, Church of the Churchless blog post-wise. An audio recording of my ten-minute Stories from the Dark Side talk last month.
Click here. Then on the orange play/stop button, top left side, next to my name: Brian Hines (Brian Hart is one of the organizers of Stories from the Dark Side).
The overall theme of the evening was Gone for Good. I blogged about it in "Telling a story from my dark side felt like church. Without the religion."
At the time the audio recording of my talk wasn't available. Now it is.
I just stood at the microphone and shared my story. I knew pretty much what I wanted to say, but didn't really know what was going to come out of my mouth until the words did.
Some God-talk emerged right at the beginning. And that was it, God-wise. Explicitly at least.
There's a churchless subtext in my father story, though. As a child, and also later to some extent, I fantasized about the father I'd never met. I felt that I was missing out by not having a relationship with him.
Until... I did. And learned that what I'd imagined, and what the reality was, were two very different things.