I was born and raised in Wichita. My family is Catholic and I went to Catholic grade school and Catholic high school. I pushed back against Christianity as early as 6th grade, and as soon as I was permitted to, I avoided church altogether.
I spent my twenties in Oregon, Utah, California and Arizona, hiking, backpacking and mountain biking, and going to outdoor music and art festivals.
Perhaps most importantly, I immersed myself in a progressive community in Eugene Oregon. I learned more about environmental sustainability, holistic health, and politics.
In Eugene I experienced a sense of spirituality that I believe can result from a balanced, holistic life, knowledge of certain aspects of the Universe and science while counterbalancing that knowledge with creativity and imagination, and acknowledging the oneness and love we can all share. But oh! It can be overwhelming and easy to distract oneself with fun, less important things.
I got away from that progressive life for years and following a divorce, realized I needed more of it. I reached out to friends online and met some of their friends worldwide, all very incredible people. Soon, I realized I needed that community locally and I found First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita, where I overcome my fear of religion in the traditional sense to engage in a community that is collaborating to cultivate a world that aligns with my beliefs.