Did you ever feel like the only one who cared about the teachings of your religious institution or organization? In my How I Was Razed memoir, I had the same feeling about a church newsletter. Here’s how what I felt ought to have been popular actually wasn’t.
“I’m starting a monthly newsletter,” Sister Roberta announced as half a dozen of us congregants ate sandwiches at Sister Eileen’s table one Sunday. “It’ll contain key points from Brother Herald’s talks. Since many of you can’t come on Wednesday nights, you can read the important doctrinal points in the newsletter. It’ll be couched in my own language, of course, but it’ll convey Brother Herald’s message.”
As the other adults made noises of approval, I said, “I’ll take it. Is there a charge for this?”
“Oh no, Bruce,” she assured, “it’s free to all the church membership.”
Sister Roberta compiled, printed, and posted copies to each church family that week. I read the newsletter at work from cover to cover the day it came in the mail. Sister Roberta felt flattered the next Sunday when I complimented her for her splendid work in spreading Brother Herald’s teachings.
Though I read each newsletter from beginning to end, the rest of the congregation soon lost interest in it.
Sister Roberta admitted defeat one Wednesday. “I won’t be producing the newsletter anymore,” she informed me. When I asked why, she stated, “You’re the only one who reads it, Bruce.”
I sighed and frowned. The newsletter was, in my opinion, a good way to reinforce Brother Herald’s deep teachings.
I sighed again at the bank when I read the last page of the final newsletter and placed it in my briefcase. “Those people are all stupid,” I muttered. “They’ll regret their laziness when Jesus returns.”
I’m glad now that nobody else bothered with the newsletter. Brother Herald’s teachings were blasphemous, as I discovered decades later. How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity aptly demonstrates how off-the-wall his ideas were. Amazon and Barnes & Noble distribute the e-book edition while Virtual Bookworm stocks the paperback version. My previous books can be purchased on the Bruce Atchison’s books page.