Frank joined King's Chapel as a member in the past year and recently made his first gift to King’s Chapel Stewardship. As a first-time supporter of Stewardship, his contribution has been matched dollar-for-dollar by the Stewardship Committee.
I had been an atheist all my life. I had to go to a small private Christian school because the public schools in Baton Rouge, LA, were not that great. Many of the students and teachers there were awful and constantly trying to convert me against my will. When I was 15 I started attending the UU church there. I enjoyed it so much that I felt like going to Boston for college, where many UU churches are that I could find myself at.
After applying to several schools, UMass Boston offered me a scholarship, and I decided to go there. I had never seen Boston before in my life, in fact I hadn’t even been above the Mason-Dixon Line!
The first church I tried out was First Church of Boston. They recommended I go to either Arlington or King’s Chapel (I’m glad I chose to go to KC because Arlington would not have been a good fit).
After doing some research and finding out that King’s Chapel was “Christian Unitarian”, I didn’t really think it would be much different at first. It very much surprised me that King’s Chapel was exclusively Christian. The first time I went I was unsure. However, over the next week, I kept having this sense of, almost Déjà vu, except instead of the normal, “I’ve been here before sometime,” it was, “I’ve been here before, before I was even born!”
It was with that I suddenly started to entertain the idea, “What if the Christian God is real, and He’s crying out for my salvation?” Arlington Street was still closed, so I decided to give King’s Chapel another chance. To my surprise, everyone was overjoyed to see me, and I finally felt like I was at “home” 1,600 miles away!
The next semester was a very painful conversion experience. I slowly started to accept the ideas one after another as they were preached. Over that semester I slowly changed my entire understanding of the universe, starting with accepting simple deism all the way to the creation story!
Long story short, I have eternal life to thank King’s Chapel for, and I intend to give more once, well, I’m not a starving college student!
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