This isn’t a sob story.
This isn’t a pity party.
This is a “me too” moment.
Anyone who has gone through a deconstruction of their faith will recognize this.
Beliefs that grounded and anchored our lives aren’t the same.
Big things have changed and those big changes can bring difficulty.
I know. I get it. I’m with you.
Maybe one of the most difficult changes is in relationships.
Some will handle the changes extraordinarily well.
These relationships may even grow stronger in the midst of authentic connection.
Others will not.
Sometimes relationships will end.
Some people will look at you differently and/or pronounce judgement.
Others won’t say it overtly, but their body language makes it obvious.
If you’ve left a church or faith community, those relationships are hard to maintain outside of the specific context.
All of these things can make the deconstruction journey even harder.
My wife and I are in the middle of this too and want to connect with people who share these experiences.
In our attempts to do this, we are hosting a Deconstruction Conversation on October 20th.
We want to connect with those on similar paths.
We want to find community in the midst of these transitions.
And we want to hear and say, “me too.”
If you’re interested, or know someone who might be, here’s a link!
If you have questions, comments or ideas, shoot me an email or DM on a social channel.
Below is what is written on our “About” page on Meetup.com.
Who: (if any or all apply)
Those questioning their faith of origin
Those who have left their faith community
Those interested, but skeptical, about faith
Those trying to reconstruct their faith
Those searching for friends who get it
Conversations about your deconstruction journey; no expected or required beliefs
A space to voice your questions, frustrations and hopes freely
A community of people looking for positive ways forward
We get how unsettling the deconstruction journey can be. It sometimes costs a lot; your community, friendships, church, identity, etc. We are looking to come alongside you on your journey, as you come alongside ours. We know this journey is done best with others and we’d love for you to join us.
Here’s the link again: Deconstruction Conversation