leaving the church

Black Voices
Due to the routine state-sanctioned violence that is being inflicted on my people, and the inadequate response from the church (among other things), I have decided to remove myself entirely from a system that claims to value my soul, but fails to show up for my Black body.
Her identity as a Mormon housewife had to go. When she removed it, the whole structure collapsed. Choosing to undergo such a radical metamorphosis, in hindsight is astounding, but she knows however painful, it was the only choice. In destroying her life, she saved it.
"Church isn't for me anymore." I know those words so well, because I hear them every single day in some form or another; in emails, late night Skype sessions, and midday conversations across a coffee table.
If you fundamentally disagree with certain tenets of your religion's dogma, it can be easy to abandon the church altogether. But some elect to stay and fight for change. Janet Varney is joined by guests Francis DeBernardo, Mansoor Salam, Rabbi Levi Brackman and Tresa Edmunds to discuss.
You don't have to go to church to know God. As far as I can tell, Jesus himself seldom attended any "organized religious" gatherings of his day.