one tree one man watercolor

one tree one man watercolor by nakedpastor david hayward

Never underestimate the loneliness you will feel when you leave the church. But you will, if you try, find news ways to find communion in this world. I promise.

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About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • April

    I was so lonely! And I was under SUCH anxiety I was sick with ulcers and other issues for a whole year. walking away did a number to me physically and emotionally too but I just KNEW I could never unlearn what I had learned and had come to realize. Now? I am doing much better! I just wish I could have been a little more prepared. How do you prepare for something like that?!

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    I know April. There’s little preparation. The best preparation though would be to know you’ve got some detox to go through and to be patient with yourself. You will come out the other end better for it. Thanks for sharing.

  • fictional author

    Winter is a time for distilling. People who make perfume distill a rose or lavander down to a very concentrated essence to make a perfume. Those who distill grain make a much more contraversial product.
    I too have been doing some distilling. I have distilled 5 world religions or outlooks down to an essence. Distilling might leave lots of good stuff behind but it allows a person to travel light. Here are the results.
    1.) Christianity, do on to others as you would have them do on to you.
    2.) Islam, improve yourself, improve your communitty, improve mankind.
    3.) Buddhism, treat the causes of problems not just the symptoms.
    4.) Secularism, it is much much more important not to be poor than it is to be rich.
    5.) Native American World Outlook, live sustainably, relatioships with people are much more important than a stockpile of gold, guns, or
    dvds.

  • Arven

    This really spoke to me. I can relate to what you are saying here. When I left, it was so lonely and even up to now I have bouts of loneliness (and it really tears up my heart). Last year, I experienced depression. God knows how much tears I shed in secret. And at the start of this year I ran into a mess again. But I told God I would never go back to that old condemning institution called “church”. I am longing for communion, for real loving relationship. But sometimes I think to myself I’m in such a mess.


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