One slogan we use at Religious Recovery meetings is “Leave your religion at the door.” This isn’t an indication that we are anti-religion. Let me try to explain. If you said there was a man at the door, I wouldn’t know what to expect. If you said a white man, or a black man, or an Asian man was at the door, I would open the door with a little more information and perhaps some bias.
If you told me a priest, or a rabbi, or a Jehovah’s Witness was at the door, chances are my response to that man would once again be biased by my beliefs concerning what I know — or at least what I think I know — about what they believe and what they stand for. I might also assume they come with an agenda.
Our goal in Religious Recovery is to help people heal. But, if we announce we are a member of a particular religious belief system, we may encounter controversy based solely on other people’s preconceived ideas. Controversy is one of the last things we want. So we leave our religious affiliations behind us at least for the duration of the meeting, and we enter with an open mind and spirit. Perhaps it might do us well to let go of the labels altogether.
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