We attended the Baccalaureate for AVHS Seniors at the Cornerstone Church in Livermore yesterday. We were told that the event was non-deominational and fully expected some sort of religion neutral expression of faith. Within the first few minutes peoplewere praising their own specific religion and leaving those of us expecting a neutral expression a bit surprised.
The program featured the youth pastor for the church who delivering a rather interest sermon and gave a final benediction. All in the name of his specific beliefs. I know that it made my child and several of us uncomfortable. The people I spoke with truly expected a religionn neutral event.
Let me be clear before the haters chime in. I am completely in favor of people expressing their faith. However, perhaps our perception of the event was that it would be less specific to a religion and more supportive of all religions. I believe the organizers had the best intentions, but I know for our future graduates we now know what to expect and decide accordingly.