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Having searched high and low for a religion that 'fits' for many years I have woven my way through quite a few of them. Those that did seem to fit my criteria soon left me disheartened when I found the were not quite right.
This one's too soft, this one's too hard, this one just seems like it would suit someone completely different to me.
Having felt called to serve for so long, I could not find where to serve, where did God want me to go? And why wasn't God a little more obvious about this when I was called!!
I have come to the conclusion (finally), that I really don't understand God. Don't get me wrong here, I have a pretty good idea of who and what God is, I just can't seem to nail it down 100%. This despite researching spirituality, religions and the beliefs of very many people over very many years. It seems a little unfair, but then (I thought) I knew why I was called, it wasn't for one people, but for all.
I became what I would call a very spiritual agnostic. I know God is there, in many forms in fact, but what I see is only our human representation of God - I had been searching for the God behind the Gods.
After a couple of false starts I put together the core of a few conversations. I got together with a group of friends and we decided to found a church, one that was a bit different to the others out there. One that is not dogmatic, materialist or exclusionary.
Since then I have had an outlet for my calling to service, and have discovered that my religion can quite simply be Interfaith - a belief that all views of deity are essentially the same but adorned with the cultural clothing of those that worship.
My name is Peter Brabyn and I am the founding minister of the Interfaith Church of Australia.