Our Second Annual bible study reunion was very pleasant.
There were funny moments where a few people criticized a strawman of evolution and then marveled at how the Flat Earth Society could still exist, but most of the time I could laugh along with everyone without irony.
I was very worried about going but very glad I did. I genuinely like and respect these women, and that hasn’t changed. They are still intelligent, compassionate, geeky, and funny. They are involved in their church and community because they have a genuine desire to make lives better. We still have a lot in common. We may disagree with the value of sending bibles to North Korea or legalizing prostitution, but the motives for our opposite positions are to have a safer and more joyful world.
One woman did ask if it was possible to remain friends with someone with whom she had a theological difference. Someone else wasn’t sure it was possible. I was so so tempted to out myself. But the evening wasn’t about me- it was about escaping from the responsibilities of our routines, enjoying wine, good food, and a safe place to tell funny stories.
I wonder how many Christian gatherings are actually places where believers and non-believers come together and just are. I think a lot of people would be in for a shock :)