To what extant is it appropriate to state your religious views in the workplace when topics come up, when you are asked etc. At what times is it better to keep your mouth shut? How does one summon up the courage to speak up if it is needed? I am a huge coward in this regard. I am not at all ashamed to say that I am Catholic and I go to church but I hesitate to attempt to tall anyone I don’t believe in contraception or premarital sex for fear they would not understand. Even though I am very pro-life, I avoid discussing this becuase of the political side to the abortion debate. I fear someone asking me who I voted for.
!. It makes me sad when people discuss forms of birth control which I know are abortifacent (sp?) but I don’t know how to explain that. These are intimate topics anyway and I am afraid people will think “she’s not having sex, what does she know.” For example a co-worker was showing pictures of her bueatiful two-month old granddaughter and she said “she’s on that Depo-Provera shot so she won’t get knocked up again.” I know from what I have read that that form of BC can cause early abortions but I did not say anything except that she was a cute baby.
How should I have explained to a Muslim friend at work when she said “What is Mass” after I had said something about being at Mass that morning. I just kind of said “that is what we call our worship in Church” or something like that. I know that that is a poor answer but I do not know how to explain about Jesus and the Eucharist to someone from Muslim country.
I have a male friend at work (I am friends with his wife also-she works with us too) who will often ask me about my faith and will often say to me -almost like he is challenging me to preach to him- “I was baptized Roman Catholic but I left long time ago”. I have given him a Father John Corapi CD and he loved it becuase he loved Father’s personality. But, I need to tread carefully becuase he is a man and he will sometimes make very explicit sexual comments to women at work and he has made sexual comments to me. I don’t feel at all sexually harrassed (it is not like that) but I feel embarressed by it and extremely uncomfortable. Sometimes I will walk away. He brags about his collection of porn and if I show disapproval he will say “The body is beautiful” which is true but … I think I should give him something on Theology of the Body but I do not think discussing such intimate matters with him is appropriate so maybe I should avoid discussing that aspect of the faith with him.
Any thoughts or advice on any of these esp. No.3 as it is ongoing?
Sorry this post is so long.