Kim Winchester – Spirituality/Religion

“Teach love, for that is what you are.”

I had church forced church on me. I used to have to go every Sunday and I hated it. I think a lot of it [was] I couldn’t understand the message, because it was spoken in Latin. How do you get a little child to understand Latin? Now, when I went to a different church denomination—through the summer, we went to classes—I understood it. They weren’t forcing it on me. They just fed it to me in pieces. Boy, I made it a point to learn every one of the prophets! I had to have that ruler as the reward.

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Not everybody’s going to agree with transgenders. Some people are afraid of it. Some people shut it down for religious beliefs.

In my opinion, when you took God out of the vocabulary, we lost something. We lost respect for ourselves. When we took “I pledge alliance to the United States of America” out of the schools, we lost something. We lost something and . . . the only way it’s going to get back is if we put it back. If God offends you, then you don’t have to participate. But for those that God doesn’t offend, they need to participate.

The God of my understanding reaches out and helps those that are suffering. He doesn’t belong in a building. He belongs out there in the world, helping people. I’ve been very attracted to A Course in Miracles. I did some research on that. I like their golden rule: “Teach love: for that is what you are.” In spite of the many times that you’ve been kicked down, you have not been forsaken. I want to make you stronger so you can go out here and say, “I don’t care what you think.” So that’s where I’m at.

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Sources: Interviews with Laura S. Hodgman on 22 February 2013 and August 28, 2013.