Journeying as an Anglican with a cultural and ethnic Jewish identity.
I grew up in a Reform Jewish home. From a young age, I had an interest in saints. This led to a fascination with the Incarnation (God in the flesh).
More Than Just A Hobby
I converted to Christianity in college. Following graduation, I attended seminary, where a faith crisis caused me to drop out. That crisis worsened when my father was dying of cancer.
I grappled with hard questions I never let myself contemplate before. What kind of God punishes people for having “wrong” theology? How can that God be considered loving?
My Jewish identity would come up in unexpected situations, such as at the doctor’s office filling out new patient forms that asked if I had any Ashkenazi heritage.
What Is Judaism…To Me?
While Judaism was no longer my chosen religion, it still has much to offer me — particularly when it comes to dealing with questions and doubts. Jewish tradition sees them as acts of faith rather than rebellion.
In order to remain a Christian, I needed to find a church home that viewed questions in the same way.
I knew after a few Sunday visits that the Anglican-Episcopal church was my new spiritual home.
Read more about this journey in my memoir, Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter.
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