Many of us grew up under some sort of organized religion, which felt like the rules part, rather than the uplifting part of soul to soul connections, understanding, compassion and insight, the miraculous part of life.
Whether it was a vengeful God, hell, needing to be saved from something through a figure like Jesus, or by way of books like Bibles, Korans, Torahs, nothing seemed natural, compassionate nor even particularly kind, forget loving. Some of us stepped away, calling ourselves agnostic, even atheist, or nothing at all.
Maybe now we’ve simply gotten to a point of each of us asking, what is God, or G-d, Allah, to me, and allowing old structures inside to dissipate, dissolve. Maybe, for our community, it has to do in part with moving into and being absorbed by a warm and loving, acceptant, somewhat permissive, community in a foreign country, but when we hook up with what really resonates inside us, life can open up and divine things occur, like we create an alternative Not Church, move mountains of resistance, make the cover of TIME.
Since many us are native English speakers living in a Spanish language place, we do lots of translating. With Not Church, we’re translating on a whole ‘nother level: God is the spark of life inside each of us, that which breathes us, spirit. And all of our spirits combined are the ultimate power–God. Jesus is seen as a very wise man, and so are Muhammad, Moses, The Buddha, and many others. And The Bible and others are very interesting and powerful books, having endured for thousands of years.
On this site you’ll find things that resemble sermons, meditations, prayers and other materials meant to inspire from Not Church services. Stop by often, add your own inspirations, and if you find yourself in northern Baja, Mexico on the second Sunday of the month, do feel free join us.