Should I Tell My Family About My Change in Religion?

@Aurone (4758)
United States
June 4, 2007 3:29pm CST
Five years ago, I decided to change from being Baptist to being Wiccan (big leap--I know), and I totally comfortable with my religion around my friends and colleges, but not around my family since they are still Southern Baptist. My brother and sister know. But my parents do not. Should I tell them? Or would it just cause more trouble than its worth. The reason I am suddenly thinking about this is that I just enrolled in a Wiccan training program to learn more about my religion and I am really excited about it. My religion has become a great part of who I am and this is something I would like to share with my family; I just don't know if I can. My husband who is Christian knew about my religion when we married and has been totally supportive of my religions rights--we each worship in our own way and don't tread on each others religious toes. Should I just keep the status quo with my family or it is time to enlighten them of my religious preference?
2 responses
• United States
4 Jun 07
You're right that is a huge leap. I was raised Catholic and have considered myself Pagan for the past 8 years. My parents knew from the start and have been very supportive, even though they don't understand my chosen path. I have always believed strongly in intuition. If you feel in your heart that you want to share this with your family, then do it. It sounds like your spirituality/religious pursuits are a very big part of who you are, so why would you want to hide that from them? Be prepared for some resistance at first though, most people have false notions in their head regarding Paganism/Wicca which can cause them to be wary. BB to you whatever you decide. )O(
@pallidyne (858)
• United States
4 Jun 07
Depends on how close you want to be to them. I had to come clean with my religous change, admittely it was from "Non-Denominational" to LDS (Mormon). There was a lot of pain and heartache, but they've accepted it and we've benefitted from it.