Q: What is a faith transition?
A: Faith is defined as having, “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” Transition is defined as, “the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.” In terms of the emphasis of this website, broadly speaking then, a Faith Transition occurs when the basis of your trust or confidence in a person or teaching goes through a period of change, becoming different from what it was before.
Q: What is the purpose of this website?
A: Our mission statement reads: “To create a safe space for people to wrestle with faith and doubt by sharing their faith journey and achieve solidarity and strength in a community of support.” There are many great websites and podcasts that discuss this and similar topics; but, when the authors of this website went through their own faith transitions we could not find a “central repository” collecting these stories in a community dedicated to this aspect of the faith journey exclusively. It is our hope to join forces with other communities of support and act as a central place for people to come and discuss their journey and to seek a community of support as faith changes and develops across the life-course.
Q: What do I gain by participating with this website?
A: We hope you find that you are not alone in your struggle, and that while every faith journey is unique to the person experiencing it, there are others willing to support you as you work through your transition.
Q: How is this different from websites or podcasts like Mormon Stories, Mormon Matters, Mormon Expression, or By Common Consent?
A: In many ways Faith Transitions.com overlaps with these wonderful outlets (among others). However, we hope to carve out a niche that is dedicated to chronicling, in autobiographical style, people’s faith journey from any faith tradition, making it easy for visitors to find others facing these challenges and thereby find a sense of solidarity with their own journey. The intent of these podcasts is to create an oral tradition for these faith transition stories.
Q: What kinds of stories do you want people to share?
A: We want your faith story in whatever form or phase, from early childhood to the present. The following is an outline that can act as a primer:
Describe your childhood (family structure, siblings, etc.)
What were you taught as a child?
How did this develop your initial values and beliefs?
How did this faith/belief guide you through adolescence and beyond?
When did you first start to question the foundation of your faith and values?
What catalyzed this reflection on the faith of your childhood and youth?
What new ideas challenged your faith?
Where did you turn for support?
If you didn’t seek support why did you isolate yourself?
How did family, friends, and your worship community react to your changes?
If you didn’t express your feeling to these people why did you isolate yourself?
Have you made peace with your faith tradition and where are you in your journey currently?
We hope your honest recitation will be cathartic for you but also provide another story to a community of support.
Q: I want to share my story, but I am not sure I am ready.
A: You are not required to disclose your identity. You are welcome to share as much personal information as you feel comfortable sharing. Stories can be listed under a full name, first name and last initial, first name only, or a pseudonym. We recognize that personal situations vary, and your social and/or ecclesiastical environments should be something you consider before you share your story. So, please make sharing safe for your situation. You can always come back at a future time and change the name you use if you decide you want to share more personal information as your situation continues to evolve.
Regardless of the name you use we are confident that sharing your story will provide you with a needed outlet and will give others the hope and confidence to share themselves, so please, give your story voice.