Do you still attend organised religious activities even though you no longer believe?
Do you no longer attend formal religious services but still find participating in other church activities helpful to your mental health and wellbeing?
Eusebius McKaiser speaks to Bandile Ngidi about the complex relationship between faith and religion that many people have, rejecting some aspects of church doctrine while accepting other parts.
A cell group is group therapy and for me, I really can't fault anyone for participating in that.— Bandile Ngidi, Rural Transformation project manager
My mother goes to church for social solidarity, she goes there to have a community.— Bandile Ngidi, Rural Transformation project manager
It is hurtful and painful to lose your faith.— Bandile Ngidi, Rural Transformation project manager
@Eusebius I am a Catholic but I disagree with a lot of their teachings. However, my priest is so forward thinking that when I baptised my son he didn’t ask me questions (single or married), he encouraged me to not go with the norm. My son has 2 godmothers as a result.— Kabi's mom (@MizFunSized_K) August 6, 2019
@Eusebius im very critical of the Christian faith's teaching regarding homosexuality, patriarchy but I go to church as a way to honor my parents. The Methodist hymns also move me so much, being in that presence always uplifts me.— Lerato (@lerrykins13) August 6, 2019
@Eusebius when I left church back in my early 20s, I would go on Sunday for the praise and worship (the singing). Then I leave when the preaching began -with time the praise and worship didn’t satisfy me anymore I stopped going. It’s a tough process to leave church— Lebo Pule (@MsPule) August 6, 2019
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