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Hey, Cherie!

I am 14 and have had it with Sunday school.

I mean it. I have been going to Sunday school every Sunday since I was in second grade, and I totally hate it. There was a time when I liked it, but I haven’t liked it in three years and don’t see myself starting to like it now. You will probably ask me if I mind going to church. And I don’t mind going to church.

I don’t love church anymore, but I don’t mind. I can always find something interesting to read in the Bible if I am bored, or I can sit in the back with my friends and joke around in a way that doesn’t distract anyone. But Sunday school is like the worst hour ever.

I am totally bored, and the teacher is totally boring. And there is no way to escape, because there are only about 15 kids in the class and the teacher doesn’t even blink.

There is something else I can do, you know. My family lives only two blocks from our church, so it would be easy for me to walk to church by myself, even if my family goes to Sunday school. I know that I would find something productive to do with my time at home. I would not spend it watching “iCarly” streaming or something like that.

Is there some way that I can convince my parents to let me miss Sunday school?

— Sunday Schooled Out

Hey, Sunday!

This is not going to be simple. Parents tend to have very strong ideas about how their children should learn about religion, at least, mine did. My mother had me stay in Jewish religious school until my confirmation, which happened when I was about your age or maybe a year older. The difference is, I liked my confirmation class while you don’t really like Sunday school.

I am tempted to say that maybe this needs to be a teachable moment for your church. Do you have any idea if the other kids in your class feel the same way• If they do, then I think it’s something that could be discussed with your minister or pastor. Believe me, no religious leader wants their teen students bored in any kind of religious school class. That’s not the kind of thing that keeps students wanting to come back. You are fortunate that you can find something interesting to do in church when you go, no matter what the day. A lot of people might not share your experience.

If that doesn’t work, I might make some sort of a deal with your folks. If you stay home and do some religious study on your own — maybe you agree on a book that you’re going to read and your parents will quiz you on it — then I don’t see why a stay-home experiment couldn’t be tried. I can’t guarantee that your parents will feel the same way, though.

Hey, Cherie!

What do you think about girls who are football fans and go crazy for their team• I am one of those girls. I love the Minnesota Vikings. It hurts to love the Vikings this year, but I am the biggest fan.

Do you think that’s stupid• And how do I know that guys will like me for myself and not just because I’m a fan?

— Go Vikes!

Hey, Go!

I grew up in Detroit rooting for the Lions. ‘Nuff said.

Here’s what I think. Guys like girls who are authentic, and a lot of guys like football. If you’re an authentic Vikings fan, that’s a great thing — unless you happen to be living in Chicago or Green Bay, in which case, people will throw food at you.

Write Cherie Bennett in care of Living, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, D.L. Clark Building, 503 Martindale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212, or e-mail [email protected] .


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