I was born into a Jewish family in Youngstown, Ohio. The first time I remember questioning my religion was one day when I was walking to Hebrew School. I was in fourth or fifth grade. I was thinking that I really liked the holidays we celebrated and I liked the family and its closeness. But my everyday life didn’t feel the same. It didn’t feel Jewish. I did not have the vocabulary to explain it. I asked my mother questions about it but she was quick to say that I should not be asking questions.
I should just believe what I was told. My Uncle told me the same thing. Actually I found that my parents and relatives were very upset by my questions and so I finally just kept my thoughts to myself. I always enjoyed being with the people at my temple.
After Charlie and I were married and moved to Bowling Green I attended the Temple in Toledo but found that, for me something was missing. I had no negative feelings about Judaism. I just felt that the ideas didn’t go far enough. I began learning more about Christianity and finally I joined the Methodist Church along with my children. After several years I began to feel again that the ideas just didn’t go far enough. I had never felt that I had to believe anything I was told so I guess I never really accepted some of the ideas of what I had to believe to be saved. I had no negative experiences with the religion. I found that that my ideas did not conform. I enjoyed the church members and continue to feel comfortable at the church.
In 1992, Charlie and I went to MVUUC for the first time. We had heard about the Congregation from some BG people. We felt right at home from the first visit. I learned that it is good to ask questions and I felt at home with the members. It is here that I feel not only comfortable with the members but I feel that my feelings and questions mean something and I can express myself openly. I am very glad to be an active member of MVUUC.
And that is Why I Belong.