It's especially heflpul for those of us whose personal beliefs often fall outside of the scope of the creeds. The discipline of reminding myself that I belong to a community that is bigger than my personal perspective is heflpul in breaking away from self-centered thought and action.Some of my non-religious friends can't understand why I would participate in a community with whom I don't agree on some important issues, or why I would affirm creeds in worship every week when I only intellectually agree with certain tenets. I usually respond by comparing the Church to my family. Unity of love, mutual affection, and respect, rather than doctrinal agreement, are the priorities. Confessions are a discipline of belonging that are underused in much of the modern church.Love you too, V! Thanks for reading and sharing so much encouragement.
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