Sunday morning thoughts on balancing personal faith and the faith of others.
One thing I have found very helpful on my faith journey as a spiritual care giver is to become a student of other people’s beliefs and values. “I don’t know much about your faith or culture, can you tell me more.” It helps establish rapport/relationship. The goal is not that they also ask about my faith/culture. I have learned much. One of the most interesting was an encounter with the son of a hospital patient, a large man with a big beard who presented as a woman. It was a huge shift for this moderately conservative born-again Wesleyan minister. But I tried to start with acceptance, kindness and compassion. I worked at using preferred pronouns. She appreciated my less than successful attempts. We laughed about it. It was easy to converse, once I took the step of putting person before any other labels we carry around. She talked about her struggles of acceptance even among the LGBTQ+ community. It was a whole new world for me.