The Spiritual Odyssey Collection
July 9, 2017 - Steve Franklin
So, When Did You Lose Your Catholic Faith?
Born and raised Roman Catholic, with my younger sister, in Brooklyn during the early 1950’s and 60’s, I am the product of a mixed marriage!!! That is, a North Carolina born mother who was raised as a Baptist and a Virginia born father who was the rare southern Black Roman Catholic. I attended Catholic grammar schools and high school, and I attended a Catholic university. I even seriously considered becoming a Roman Catholic priest!!! So, what happened? As my second-grade teacher once asked me as an adult: “When did you lose your faith?” Well, I believe I never lost my faith. I hope I evolved. I have been a formal member of ERUUF since 2011 but I’ve attended ERUUF since 2001 when my family moved to North Carolina. In New York, I attended the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset Long Island and I became a member in 1993. Yet, my interest in Unitarian Universalism was as early as the 1970’s when I was in college. I still consider myself Catholic, a very non-traditional Catholic. However, I am very much a UU and my journey to Unitarian Universalism took more than 20 years.