Why I Decided to Come Out
I had not been keeping it a secret that I was Wiccan, but I wasn't advertising it, either. I'd wear a pentacle, or a broom, or a goddess necklace, but didn't go around sticking it in people's faces. I figured they'd ask if they were interested.
But I had a very good (and somewhat naive) friend who was very Christian, and I finally decided to just come out and tell her.
What I Said and Did
I was out at lunch with Patty and another friend, and somehow the topic turned to religion. I just said, "Patty, you know I'm pagan, right?"
She said something along the lines of, she had kind of wondered, and we left it like that.
BUT -- the funny part is, I went to go to the bathroom, and Patty said to our other friend, in all seriousness and with NO disapproval, "Well, I always knew she liked Star Trek, and people who like that probably are more pagan. . . ."
The other friend and I laugh about it to this day; and Patty and I are still great friends. In fact, we joke because I will buy chocolate Easter eggs that her church makes, and we say that she orders mine with extra holy water on them!
- If you make it clear that you're not trying to change your Christian friends, unless they're really Fundamentalist, they will probably accept your faith. I tell them that if Christianity gives them their connection to the Divine and makes them happy, then that's where they're supposed to be; but for me, I needed something different.