I am an African American female. I was raised in a traditional Baptist church for most of my life. The church I attend now is drastically different from the church I grew up in many ways. The Baptist church service was more structured and habitual meaning that there was a specific order to the service and rarely that order was disrupted. The church I attend now is more open that we believe in a liberated atmosphere where God is free to lead and direct us in the service and we don’t limit the service to a specific program.

Socioeconomic Class

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I grew up in a lower-middle socioeconomic class. We lived in a fairly nice African American neighborhood that contained mostly two parent homes with children. Both my parents worked and I cannot remember a time I did not have what I needed and far as food and shelter. Currently, I believe I am also in the lower middle-class socioeconomic status. We are able to pay our bills and keep food on the table with some luxuries like vacations and shopping throughout the year.

Sexual Orientation

I am a married heterosexual female and have always been heterosexual. I have had a very limited contact with the homosexual lifestyle. I had a roommate once while I was still in the army that was heterosexual when I met her. Eventually, she began to have a relationship with another female. Finally after months had passed she confessed that they were intimately involved. At that time it really did not bother me that she was gay. My convictions about homosexuality now are derived from my religious views and even those views don’t give me a right to judge anyone.

Event Attended

For my cultural event I attended a Shabbat service on Saturday, September 5, 2009, at Beth Israel Synagogue 2204 Morganton Road Fayetteville, NC 28303.Shabbat is a day of holiness and rest observed by Jews from sunset on Friday to nightfall of the following day. At about 2PM or 3PM on Friday afternoon, observant Jews begin Shabbat prepar…

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