My religious past is there for all to see. Majority of the friends I have were met at church and youth events related to church. I have known some for over thirty years and count them as closer than my actual family. But when it comes to religious events during the year it’s a different thing.
During the 80s and some of the 90s I used to take part in a walk of witness on Good Friday which was a silent walk from the Catholic Church in the town to the bottom of the front street to the market place. I took part in music and drama during this time as a witness to my Christian beliefs.
As a humanist I see these religious events in a different light. I don’t think someone should be ridiculed for any religious belief that they hold but I myself have no belief in them. I still like to listen to music of The Sixteen as it is has beautiful, calming, relaxing feel and much like reading a book provides escapism.