If you haven’t checked out beliefnet.com for the blogs, go for the Belief-O-Matic. It’s a quiz that tells you what religion you are. Hee. Better yet, there’s a disclaimer: “Warning: Belief-O-Matic assumes no legal liability for the ultimate fate of your soul.”
And what do you know? My beliefs align most closely with the liberal Quakers. Guess I better go back like I said I would. Then again, second on the list was Unitarian Universalist, which I find boring and unsatisfying, and third was neo-paganism, which I know very little about but fortunately beliefnet has an article about it. If you don’t feel like clicking through, here’s a money quote about them:
Neo-Pagans are a community of faiths bringing ancient Pagan and magickal traditions to the modern age–including mostly Wicca but also Druidism, Asatru, Shamanism, neo-Native American, and more. Neo-Pagan is an umbrella term for various and diverse beliefs with many elements in common. Some Neo-Pagans find no incongruence practicing Neo-Paganism along with adherence to another faith, such as Christianity or Judaism.
They believe in a supreme being, or a God/Goddess duality; believe less in salvation than in attaining balance and harmony with nature; think evil amounts to an imbalance and a lack of oneness with the universal spirit; and believe that doing ill in this life results in suffering in a later life. Kinda Buddhist, kinda Wicca, kinda other stuff.
I actually have found Wicca interesting before, but only in its keen interest in ritual. Rituals are a big deal to me, because I think they do a lot to heal. Maybe doing a ritual to cleanse your home when someone you broke up with doesn’t really clear out some mystical essence of them, but I think it probably can help you to deal with the loss and find some type of closure. It’s a non-verbal way to respond to pain or suffering or loss, because sometimes words are inadequate.