I had the opportunity to fill in a feedback form regarding the divorce and separation course I have been on, my second one in a series of three, run by my church. Each course last 13 weeks, but is spread out over around five months. The courses are amazing.
What part of the course has been the most significant and why?
All of it! Being divided into groups was the best part – even though I did not like that at first. But this enabled me to get closer to some people. They feel like a little family. It turned out to be helpful having an all-female group. I think that enabled me to be more open and honest.
What part did you least enjoy?
At first, being divided into groups! I really missed some of my old ‘friends’ who are on the same timeline as me. However, by getting more involved in the Church I have been able to get to know them, and lots of new people, better. Getting involved with the Church had to come in my own time, though. It came to me (or God did) when the time was right, but once it happened it happened quite quickly.
Ah, yes, there was just one instance when X prayed for the UK government to make the ‘right’ decision about marriage for homosexual couples, and she said, “We know what we want the outcome to be…” Well, no, the ‘we’ there is the Church – , not necessarily individuals within it or in that room that night. I was taken aback by that. I don’t have hugely strong views on that particular issue but I do have my own views and experiences with gay people: many of my former friends (more acquaintances now, but through circumstances not judgement) are gay. The homosexuality issue is probably the one ‘foundation’ of the Church’s code of beliefs, that I can not concur with, no matter what the Bible says. So, I would just say that as the divorce and separation group is open to ALL, not just Christians and members of our church, it might be advisable to not pray on behalf of everyone in the room, ‘cos you don’t know exactly what they believe.