Mark Laux
I was excommunicated from the Catholic church at the ripe age of 8 during my first communion. At the time, this seemed to me to be a faith shattering experience; but the episode turned out to be the single most important event keeping me on my own spiritual path, free to learn and experience the many echos of God in my own way. Uninhibited by the confines of a religion, I was able to remain open to a wide range of beliefs and stories of the nature of God.