• Maeve Binchy, Quentins

  • Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

  • Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

  • Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess
Service

I really believe that to be a good christian involves ongoing acts of service. Be they large or small, they're important. My thoughts on this in the church have been published at Feminist Mormon Housewives. For those readers who aren't Mormons you can read a little about what Releif Society is here.

Comments

Blogger Julia said ... (10:27 PM) 

Becky, I commend you for your work especially considering you have not much spare time with 3 little ones. However, I have to also add that I as a nonbeliever along with my son do many things that don't show but that we consider as acts of goodness for humanity and for our fellow people in the community. I want Luca to grow up knowing that it is important to think of other people and to help when needed without always having to be asked, simply caring and respecting others situations. I take him to a church where we donate food for the many hungry children in the community. We also help someone in Luca's class who's parents are blind with errands or other things. We give clothing to the homeless children's shelters in Baltimore and much more. I have to admit, except for cooking for new parents or others who need food for various reasons, we have more donated goods than our time. But we are always vigilant for the needs of others and I don't think I have to be a Christian to be a good person or help out in the world. I just don't advertise it usually. I hope this does not come across the wrong way. I just wanted to say this because I believe it's important and especially here in the US people are often looked down on when they are not part of a church.

 

Blogger Rebecca said ... (7:47 AM) 

I agree that you don't have to be a christian or religious at all to do good for others. Kindness is an important lesson for everyone. I help out my elderly neighbour and cooks treats for him, and donate stuff to goodwill frequently on my own. I've also been a red cross volunteer off my own back. My point was that an organization formed to give relief to others, but doesn't always now, needs to remember its roots!
And I agree with your comment about the US. As a country without a state religion, people are fairly intolerant of non-christians

 

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