We all want to belong.
The Church of the Churchless welcomes those who feel like they don't belong, even if they are members of an organized religion or spiritual faith.
You can be a member and not belong. You can sit through a communal service, sermon, celebration, or cermony, and still say to yourself: I don't belong here. You are going through the outward motions of what it means to be a member, but deep down you know that somewhere else is your real spiritual home.
A lot of people feel this way. No one is alone in feeling alone. The big questions we all need to ask are: What am I missing? And: Can any organization give it to me?
Every person has to come to grips with these questions by himself or herself. That said, here are my own pithy answers: Reality and No.
By "reality," I mean a direct experience of what is really, really, real--what lasts when everything else passes away. Let's call this "God" for lack of a better term.
If I am to experience God, where will this occur? Where every other experience of mine occurs: in my consciousness. The same is true for you, and for every other person on Earth. Nothing is real for us except what we consciously experience.
A religious organization provides experiences of--no surprise here--a religious organization. What else would we expect? Well, many people illogically believe that an experience of something that isn't God can substitute for the real thing. It can't. God is God. Ultimate reality is ultimate reality. Everything else is everything else.
So if you want to truly belong to God, to reality, you can't belong to anything else. For that thing will water down your experience of God to a greater or lesser degree. Usually greater, because our natural tendency is to cling tightly to the familiar rather than embrace mystery. And God is the ultimate Mystery.
Bottom line: you can join the Church of the Churchless.
Even more: you must join the Church of the Churchless if you want to know God.
But this joining is wholly within you, not without. There are no application forms to fill out, no dues to be paid, no initiation ceremonies to be gone through.
You are the Church of the Churchless. So am I. And so is everyone who wants to experience reality rather than religion, truth rather than dogma, substance rather than shadows.
Each of us must make a choice. You or I can say, "I am a Christian," "I am a Muslim," "I am a Buddhist," "I am a Hindu," "I am a Wiccan," "I am a Taoist," or whatever other faith we subscribe to at the moment.
The other option is to simply say with conviction, "I am."
Do that, and you have joined the Church of the Churchless.
Welcome. You belong. We have a lot to share.