A Church, A Mosque, A Temple

Dearest Diary,

     What religion do you follow? I know your mom is Jewish but I don’t recall being invited to any bat mitzvahs. So I guess you don’t practice?

Well, you don’t have to tell me. Maybe you haven’t decided yet. I’m cool with that. Likewise, I don’t know if I told you, but I have embarked on an expedition, Di!

Yes. An expedition. 

My friend Ilona Pamplona and I have begun a LEARNING expedition. We are visiting a new worship service every week or so. One from every religion we can think of. The only rule is that we cannot go to a church of the religion that we grew up in. Mostly because that would be boring and would defeat the purpose.

No, Di. We’re not shopping religions, although it seems like YOU want to… We’re just interested to know what they’re like. We’re kind of like Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network. 


Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri

Only we don’t have spiky bleached hair, we’re not searching for tasty food, and we’re not men named Guy Fieri. But we ARE  looking to find something we didn’t know before.

So far, we’ve visited a Baptist church. Now Ilona Pamplona and I both had preconceived notions of what this would be like. We imagined, as I’m sure you are right now, people singing loudly, women in Sunday-goin-to-meetin hats,


Look at the secret little girl in the bottom right corner.

Look at the secret little girl in the bottom right corner.

a rambunctious preacher, and a firey passion that would intimidate most people.

No no no, Di. I THOUGHT you would think that. But you live a sheltered life and could not be more wrong.

It was one of the most laid back experiences… The people could not have been more welcoming (not at all intimidating), it was rather reserved, and for the most part, people were dressed as you would see any other human on the street. I have to admit. I was a little disappointed. I wanted to see something radical that would blast me in the face with the diversity of this world in which we live. I did not come in contact with anything all that diverse. So far, we have remained, unfortunately,  within our comfort zone. But you know what, Di, this may have been a different denomination. It may have been reformed or any of those other things that churches do to try to make themselves look cool. 

I would include a pic of this place but I’ve made a conscious choice to omit that from this entry and any other entry that reviews a religious center. I don’t want to discriminate, Di. And if I have anything negative to say, I don’t want to make anyone look bad.

Hey, maybe we’ll even start using fake names each week so they won’t know it’s us. Like maybe I’ll take your name. 

“Hello, my name is Di Burns.”

Or, no, I can’t use Burns.

“Hello, my name is Di Snears”

I like that. I just made it up on the spot.

So anyway, you’ll be hearing a lot about our expedition so I’ll stop here for now. And Di, just so you know, I’m ok with you exploring your options in the religious world but if I find out that you’ve been Jewish all along and I wasn’t invited to your bat mitvah, I am gonna be so pissed.

love, jb


ps.  Ilona Pamplona told me she ‘s about to launch a new travel, art, and culture blog so I’ll be over there soon too, making a guest appearance. I can’t wait for you to meet her.

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2 Responses to “A Church, A Mosque, A Temple”

  1. Michelle Says:

    can i get in on this religious action?

  2. Mr. SR22 Auto Insurance Says:

    You may have not intended to do so, but I think you have managed to express the state of mind that a lot of people are in. The sense of wanting to help, but not knowing how or where, is something a lot of us are going through. 🙂

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