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I never seem to get to these on Friday. Who cares about alliteration, anyway?

At any rate, the questions:

1) What places do you think are holy?
Everywhere is sacred (a word I prefer over holy for some reason), though some places leave me more awe-struck than others, and yet other places just give me a feeling of being special.  Admittedly, it's often easier for me to sense the divine in natural places which are more or less untouched by man.

2) How do you deal with children who want to learn your religion?
It hasn't really come up.  I've had children curious about whether or not I personally am religious, and given that keep my faith closely guarded, I've not been very open to discuss it with them. 

3) If you could appoint a public spokesperson for your religion, who would it be?
Given how eclectic I am, it would be difficult to find a person who could speak for my religion.

4) What one to three books helped shape your religion?
I can't say any one book has shaped my religion.  There are books I'm fond of, books with which I relate, but my faith comes from my own beliefs after having weighed all sorts of information drawn not only from books, but conversations and my own thoughts and experiences.  There's no specific source of written dogma upon which my beliefs have been formed.

5) How would you explain your religion to someone who's never heard of it?
I believe what I feel to be right, after much reflection based upon my time in this world, my observations, and my dealings with others.  I'm perhaps best described as a panentheistic monist, an animist, whose faith is actually quite grounded in science (much as that might sound contradictory).  I celebrate holidays tied to the solstices and equinoxes and the midpoints between them, eight evenly-spaced days on which I set aside more time than usual to reflect on the state of things.  I find beauty and comfort and guidance through ritual and mediation.  That's a short summary, though there's lots of nuance to explain if you have the time and interest in hearing it, such as why my faith requires respect for natural processes and tolerance of those who are different from myself.

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