Minerva's Breakdown: Church Talk 

"Religion and choice of place of worship is a very personal thing."

ADAM ROSENLUND
  • Adam Rosenlund

Dear Minerva:

Yesterday I went to church for the first time ever! I'm 14 years old and my parents are atheists. They won't take me to church so I went with some friends of mine. I intend to continue going to church. At what point should I tell them or should I even bother? I don't talk to my family that much about my passions because I'm "that age." Just a little support would be great. Hopefully they can set aside their opinions on religion and do that.

Sincerely,

Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam

Dear Sunbeam:

Religion and choice of place of worship is a very personal thing. Many people find solace and guidance by being a part of an organized religion. That structure has helped many, many people make a way through life. You are at a magical age where you are starting to branch out more and explore what the world has to offer. I think that it is wonderful that you are doing so. If your heart is leading you to church, then you should pursue that path. I bet your parents will be more understanding of that than you are expecting. After all, they were "that age" once as well. You aren't alone. Polls show that 75% of American adults consider themselves Christian and 37% of Americans attend church weekly. Life is about learning and discovering. I wish you well. There are many paths to the same destination.

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