There may not be life after death, but there is life after Adventism.
Abby, Ami, and Jim talk about the actual process and decisions involved in removing your name from church books.
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I sent my home church a letter 10 years ago when I first left. (Mentally, I mean, I was still a teenager so physically that wasn't possible).Unfortunately I didn't know (or didn't really think about) before I sent it was that my dad was on the Church board. I sent the letter, I adressed it to the pastor, completely forgetting that at the time, the church was in transition and didn't HAVE a pastor. My dad got the letter and things kind of... I have no idea if the church board voted on it anyway in the pastor's absence or if my dad just kinda took the letter and put it in the circular filing cabinet, but I never got a visit from a pastor or a phone call telling me I was taken off the books. When I reached adulthood I thought about making it more official, but I was still kinda dependent on my parents, and still kinda living on Planet Adventist, so I wanted to be able to play the SDA card when needed, because I was still attached to people. Now that I have permanently left Planet Adventist after a fiasco with the pastor of the church I was going to, I've thought about finding out if my name ever did get removed, but things are so touchy right now as far as that goes that it wouldn't be worth the trouble at this point in time.Besides, that church is going to die anyway. Literally, as all their members are really old people and the oldest ones are dying without younger ones to replace them. So I expect the church to close down in a good 10 years or so. So at some point I expect I will be contacted about what I want to do with my church membership, if it even still exists, but for now it's just... things are too unstable right now for me to take that step, unfortunately.
Came across this song on my run this morning. Great lyrics and this verse kind of says it all. . .Now with the wisdom of years I try to reason things outAnd the only people I fear are those who never have doubtsSave us all from arrogant men, and all the causes they're forI won't be righteous againI'm not that sure anymoreMore lyrics http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/billy_joel/shades_of_grey-lyrics-100796.html#ixzz3Q8v7n0qNHere's the video: http://youtu.be/CopYqp0HZkY
City - Wow. That is super-awkward. I'm really sorry. I wish you could just login to a church website and check the Unsubscribe box...Warren - Sounds about right!