I hope I don't embarrass myself or offend anyone with this thread.
For awhile now, for various reasons, I have been doubting a lot of things about being a Christian. I just came from an Evangelical church and I think I am sorting through some issues (not just how I was treated, but also with how I REALLY am beginning to view things). I am taking some time to visit different kinds of places of worship before I make a decision on how I really feel.
I also consider having faith and being part of a community to be too important in my life to walk away from.
So, on my list I have a Reform synagogue that is in my area and I was wanting to visit for a Shabbat service. But I have never been in a synagogue before, so I have some questions:
1) Can I even attend a Shabbat service if I'm not Jewish? The last thing I want to do is offend anyone there.
2) What should I say as a visitor when people ask what bought me there? They may wonder more if I tell them I have lived in the area for awhile.
3) What goes on? What if I get lost in the service?
4) What is someone invites me to a certain event? Should I disclose myself and turn them down?
5) Do any of you have any other advice about visiting?
I apologize for sounding weird or stupid about my questions, but I feel right now that I can't talk with anything I know because they: 1) would attack me questioning things, or 2) don't consider faith important. I have always felt that FSU was a place to ask about all kinds of things and you have been always been friendly to me these past years.