My movement through churches over the last 9 years might give anyone pause to wonder about “Chuck’s zeal for Jesus Christ,” but just remember I was well on my way to this very stance with Jesus Christ when I left First United Methodist where I had been a member for 5 years, and I left there because of a tiff over my first book, then a year at Lutheran ELCA, then 4 years with Unitarian where I maintained the entire time I was a Christian, open minded?, I wonder looking back. Well now going back to my Methodist membership, the only truly Bible church in my past, and Christmas when my dad and I took communion at my local Methodist Church. By that time I had renewed my membership in the United Methodist Church, begun attending weekly services, sometimes 3 times a week, and truly working the 12 steps of the AA program with the Methodist minister. He took me seriously when I confessed I was a believer in Jesus Christ and his Gospel message, a position I had taken throughout even my attendance and membership at the Unitarian Universalist church where there were a few Christians, and finally returning to a United Methodist Church with a man I could trust, pastor Jan Gross. Remember Jan is a man and I responded well to his message at HUMC, about my age, a man I can have coffee with, a congregation of about 200 people, and many people right out of the Hartford community. My commitment has meant that I continue with Zen sitting meditation, and augmenting my Buddhist knowledge with belief in Bible, or the other way around, or both. Now I am at the time of not needing to justify my beliefs, for, after all, they are my beliefs, and I AM NOT HURTING A SOUL, in fact helping many, and HELPING me, in everway. Marge has a kind of wait and see attitude, watching the household purse strings, and all contributions come directly out of my weekly allowance. I have disposable money out of my social security, while most go directly to help with house expenses as always has been the case, so I follow through with what I have believed for about 10 years, in combination with almost 31 years of AA.
Love, in Jesus Christ, recognition of Buddhism as a middle way. Bless you all in the name of our Lord, Chuck Taylor, Charles Elgwyn Taylor