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to ask if I should do the Alpha course.

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Ohnoredundo Wed 21-Sep-11 20:52:55

Should I? Have any of you lot done it? If so was it a positive experience? Since the birth of my son I've been asking a lot of the 'big questions' and finding life all a bit confusing - could this course help me find an answer?

birdsofshoreandsea Wed 21-Sep-11 20:54:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Kayano Wed 21-Sep-11 20:54:42

Hmmm I personally wouldnt, do your own research and hit the library

Zimm Wed 21-Sep-11 20:54:44

PILs did it and it seemed very cult like. If you think religion is the answer to your big questions I speak with someone more open minded with less dogma than an organised course. But then I am a massive atheist....hope you find what you're looking for.

cfc Wed 21-Sep-11 20:57:34

My husband and I did it a couple of years ago. I am practising catholic and he is atheist. He did it to see what it was like after being invited to it by some very devout friends.

I found it really good and it awakened a further love for my faith in me. Husband did not find it useful in that way but enjoyed meeting new peeps and soarring with them!

Do it, what's the worse that could happen?!

PeneloPeePitstop Wed 21-Sep-11 20:58:27

It's an intensely personal decision.

cfc Wed 21-Sep-11 20:58:42

Sparring. Effing tablet...

cfc Wed 21-Sep-11 21:00:31

Birdsofshoreandsea - what a shame you found it so awful!! I wonder how different they are in different areas?

Nowtspecial Wed 21-Sep-11 21:14:55

This may help.

nocake Wed 21-Sep-11 21:19:02

I used to run an Alpha course. They can be good but they can be bad, depending on who's running it and what the group is like. I had some groups who had great discussions and I pretty much had to throw them out of the house or they would have been talking through the night. Other groups barely said a word.

I can't tell you if you'll find the answers you're looking for but it is one place to look.

Almacks Wed 21-Sep-11 21:19:32

It's definitely not s'posed to be bigoted, I've been on one and the format was meal, talk or video from the front, discussion round the table. The two table leaders on our table actually did very little talking, it was the guests who spoke most, and there were no "answers" let alone wrong ones.

acatcalledfelix Wed 21-Sep-11 21:28:05

read this

Personally, as an Athiest, I find what I've read about them rather scary and full on. But like I said, as an Athiest....

eaglewings Wed 21-Sep-11 21:36:41

Got one starting here tomorrow, 60 signed up so you are not alone in thinking about going on one
They don't just push one version of evangelical Christianity, they should be a place to ask questions and make up your own mind.
It does depend on the people running it.
If you never try you will never know!

meditrina Wed 21-Sep-11 21:40:31

Although it started with HTB, all sorts run them now (even the Roman Catholic church), so I don't think it is fair to brand it as one type, even though there is commonality in source material and starting points. You may want to look around your area to see who is running them near you.

I haven't done one - too new-fangled for me!

cheeseandmarmitesandwich Wed 21-Sep-11 21:49:29

There was a documentary about it on tv a while ago that was not particularly favourable, I got the impression there was a hidden agenda.

But then a very good friend of mine used to be a course leader and she's catholic and a bit bonkers perfectly lovely.

depob Wed 21-Sep-11 21:52:30

I am a bit suspicious that they run classes/retreats for quite young children. DS was invited when aged 10 (!)

lollystix Wed 21-Sep-11 21:57:28

I did it and to be honest - nice people but I think birdsofshoreandsea sums it up very well.

Them - homosexuality is wrong
Me- why?
Them - because God says so!
Me- but why does he think it's wrong?
Them - just cos....!
Me - hmm

Oh and the same for living together before marriage - very enlightened bunch I found.

eaglewings Wed 21-Sep-11 22:05:51

Them - homosexuality is wrong

I have led courses and never said this. It also will not be preached at the one in our village.

Again, it depends on who is running the course.

bigpants103 Wed 21-Sep-11 22:09:37

well if you think the answer may be a particular brand of evangelical and rather bigoted christianity, then yes, try it

agree 100%!!!

Littlefish Wed 21-Sep-11 22:19:06

I went to the first 5 sessions and found the views stated, very disturbing, particularly those on homosexuality, addiction, eating disorders and cancer. I decided not to attend the final sessions.

alemci Wed 21-Sep-11 22:19:52

Keep an open mind and go and try it. You may be surprised.

Meteorite Wed 21-Sep-11 22:26:56

It's not the type of Christianity I would go for. How about going along to a few local churches and seeing if you like any of them instead? This way you'll encounter several styles and approaches and might find something that seems to "fit".

Solola Wed 21-Sep-11 22:28:48

Go for it! You've nothing to loose but your time. Especially if you go into it with an open mind.

Littlefish Wed 21-Sep-11 22:29:29

I went with an open mind.

eurochick Wed 21-Sep-11 22:29:32

I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole personally. Particularly if you are feeling bit vulnerable at the moment.

If you feel like you need spiritual help, pop along to your local church/temple/mosque/synagogue. If you feel like you need another kind of help look at counselling/mediation/whatever serves your needs (you are not v clear about what kind of questions you have ).

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