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RECITATION OF BELIEFS


Is the ability to describe our beliefs necessary?

an investigation executed and designed by Natalie Rose Eichers

Is there a similarity between age and belief statements?

What does out chosen statement say about us?


In the project, Recitation of Beliefs, I have gathered statements about individuals and their relationship with a higher power, faith, lack of faith or any other ritual they identify with that has a sacred connotation. I have presented their words like art forms...paintings that have the potential to make up a form of portraiture


I believe in

secular humanism.


More or less, I believe in a collective subconscious that can’t quite be explained, but I don’t chalk this up to

an

imaginary

higher

power.

I think karma relates to this in that if you put good in, you get get out, and the same with bad shit. Overall, I don’t really care what other people believe. I think it’s interesting, but I don’t really think there’s an objective right or wrong. What-

ever

gets

you

through

the

Protestantism. 21-29. No higher power.

day.


Kind of agnostic


No

Not

just

rituals.

Kind

denying

not

a

of

higher

agnostic. power,

convinced.

Christian. 30-39. Unsure.


the fresh air and mountains are my church


I believe that our world is all connected in

actions It If

and

is you

a wish

reactions. constant

to

seek

happiness

cycle. and

balance in your life you must give that to yourself as well. You must care first for your being and let that flow outward to your people

and

the

things

you

love.

To me, the fresh air and mountains are my church, they are what reminds me that my problems are small and few and everything important will take time. For every time the sunsets the moonrises and soon the sun to will rise again. What you put into this place you will get out of it. Whether it be in the form of your choosing or not. Its all peaks and valleys, peaks and valleys.

None. 21-29. Karma.


I do my best to love and serve others and the Lord


I believe in God as the of all things on Earth,

I am Catholic.

Creator

I believe in His son, Jesus Christ, and I believe in the Holy Spirit. I have taken part in multiple sacraments and I am a confirmed member of the Church. I celebrate Easter and Christmas and recognize Lent as a time of personal sacrifice.

I

do

not

agree

with

all

Catholic

teachings and beliefs; in fact, I have serious

issues

with

some

of

them,

but this does not take away from my faith in God. I think my qualms enhance my experience with God because it has made me think critically about my true beliefs. I don’t pray as much as I should, but I try to remember to keep God in my life as often as I can. I do my best to love and serve others and the Lord.. I am disappointed by the church on my college campus. The people do not make up a comfortable church community and the church itself is not warm or inviting,

Catholicism. 21-29. God.


I see His work every day in my life


I was born and raised Methodist. I do not currently attach myself to any specific religious affiliation, however I am contemplating looking into Catholicism. I believe in God and I pray in my own space in my own time. At this time I do not attend church. I have had issues in the past with people in organized religion who judge others and this actually led to me not continuing in my Methodist Church in Wisconsin. God is amazing and I see his work every day in my life and in the little things that we often take for granted. As I am going through a divorce I have struggled not to question things that sometimes happen, instead I trust that God is in charge...after some rough patches, he has chosen to give me the most amazing present and future and made me more aware of beauty in people and in nature and in every day life.

Methodist. 50-59. God.


I spend about 30 minutes per day in prayer.


I am a practicing I agree with most doctrines of the I

Catholicism. 40-49. God.

Catholic. of the church.


Those who give, receive.


Raised catholic but I am not a strict believer in all the catholic teachings. I do enjoy going to church but I like to think

my God

relationship with is more personal.

I am big on praying - it is a definite ritual I enjoy and feel it brings me blessings and protection. I Also believe in paying your blessings forward - those who give - receive.. I

Catholicism. 50-59. God.


I spend about 30 minutes per day in prayer.


I am a practicing I agree with most doctrines of the I

Catholicism. 40-49. God.

Catholic. of the church.


Jesus Christ has called all of us to follow him.


I am a Christian. I go to church on Sundays, but I also believe that being a Christian means more than attending a service on Sunday. I believe that Jesus Christ has called all of us to follow him in leading a life of love and truth. As a Christian I believe in one God that is made up of three parts, God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. They are all interconnected and make up one body. The only sort of rituals I take part in are communion once a month at church and baptism. In my church baptism is done when a person makes the decision to declare publicly that they wish to follow Christ.

Christianity. 21-29. God.


I’ll pray for protection.


I haven’t identified with any religion in a long time, but old habits die hard. If ever I’m thankful for something: a nice breeze on a beautiful day, a safe journey home, a generous tip from a customer I send a thank you to the universe. I only pray when frightened. If there is a definite sense of evil around I’ll pray for protection.

21-29. The Universe.


This life is all we will ever have.


I believe in living everyday to its fullest as this life is all we will ever have. I believe this gives more meaning to life than any religion could ever dream.

21-29. No higher power.


Prayer connects the inner self to the outer

w o r l d .


I pray on a daily basis to a higher power that I call God, but I do not go to Church on a regular basis. Church is something I believe in. I believe in the tradition, the community, and the spirituality of Church; however, the act of physically attending has a become a generational gap. I align my beliefs most closely with the Catholic Church because it is rooted in love and tradition. There is comfort in both those nouns which I find appealing. The Catholic Church has a historical foundation and all its beliefs and traditions are supported by that history. It’s comforting to participate in a tradition that has been virtually unchanged for centuries, yet knowing that Catholicism revolves around love and adapts to contemporary beliefs. I find prayer very helpful even if there is no god. Prayer has meditation qualities that centers a person to realize what is truly important. Prayer connects the inner self to the outer world. I usually pray for others or thank God for what he has given me.

Catholicism. 21-29. God.


I believe in the tradition, the community, and the spirituality of C h u r c h .


I pray on a daily basis to a higher power that I call God, but I do not go to Church on a regular basis. Church is something I believe in. I believe in the tradition, the community, and the spirituality of Church; however, the act of physically attending has a become a generational gap. I align my beliefs most closely with the Catholic Church because it is rooted in love and tradition. There is comfort in both those nouns which I find appealing. The Catholic Church has a historical foundation and all its beliefs and traditions are supported by that history. It’s comforting to participate in a tradition that has been virtually unchanged for centuries, yet knowing that Catholicism revolves around love and adapts to contemporary beliefs. I find prayer very helpful even if there is no god. Prayer has meditation qualities that centers a person to realize what is truly important. Prayer connects the inner self to the outer world. I usually pray for others or thank God for what he has given me. .

Catholicism. 21-29. God


Identifying the interconnectedness of all life and the cyclical nature of t i m e is important to me.


I grew up Hindu surrounded by rituals and holidays. However, I practiced these only to pass some memories on to my children. People often believe that Hinduism is polytheistic but we actually believe in a formless, nameless spirit. The many forms that we usually associate with Hinduism are different aspects of this formless, nameless spirit. As I am getting older, I am more interested in this abstract form than the multitude of representations. I have more spiritual rather than a religious practice. Mostly through yoga, meditation and connecting with nature. Identifying the inter connectedness of all life and the cyclical nature of time is important to me.

Hinduism. 40-49. Any name I like.


We are all connected


When I was growing up, my parents were loosely affiliated with a Methodist church. I did youth group and went to church camp when I was younger, but as I grew and became exposed to many, many more views and perspectives and thought processes in the world and in books, my personal view changed greatly. I don’t align myself with any religion. I don’t believe in the formal idea of a “God”, but it also isn’t as simple as checking “yes” or “no” to the question of whether or not I think there is a higher power. That’s too black and white for me. There are so many mysteries in the universe that are yet to be explored, and discovered. I think there are kernels of truth and virtues to be appreciated in most all religions. Especially the Eastern idea of a sort of wholeness or oneness that is present in the universe. The idea that consciousness is not independent of one organism but rather that it’s an entity of its own, drawing from every living thing. That every being contributes to this universal whole, and that we are all connected. After all, everything in the universe is made from starstuff.

18-20. No higher power.


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