progressive faith stories: Fiona’s story

againstthestreamBelonging here was a gradual process for me. Becoming more involved meant taking the risk of openness and trust. Fiona McDougal, St Andrew’s on The Terrace

Glimmers of the sacred in the form of individual conversations, moments of connection in worship and shared meals drew me on.

In particular being at the series of services over Easter offered a way to integrate the psychological abuse I had endured at work in Scotland within a larger story. Holding that painful period of my life alongside the story of Jesus’ death, the losses of others in the community, and the pain of the world, on Good Friday has been very healing.

Finding a place to acknowledge the reality of evil, to honour and remember my own experience, but hear also a strong call to the struggle for justice in the face of oppression, is liberating and life giving.

Fiona was a contributor to New Life: Rediscovering Faith. Stories from progressive Christians, edited by John W H Smith and Rex A E Hunt and published by Mosaic