"The bishop is always on the side of privilege"; those bitter words came from the mouth of my dear mother after one of innumerable kicks in the teeth from the ecclesiastical power structure (Dad was a great preacher but a miserable politician-- an ominous combination for conventional ministry).
I lived through many of those moments until, when I was 12, Mother broke down at the Annual Conference and wound up in a mental hospital for a year, an experience from which of course she never fully recovered. You'd be surprised how common this experience is for minister's wives. (It's only at my advanced age that I can see these things with some clarity.)
Like Nels Ferre I was converted to God at 9 and to honesty at 18. Four years studying science at Duke gave me another god; call it naturalistic reality.
With an enlightening experience at 30 the two gods came together: call one the god of matter and the other the God of Spirit. Thereupon I entered seminary and became a naturalistic theologian. Instrumental in this movement was one such named Ernest Wieman, but there were many others: Carl Rogers, Erich Fromm, Carl Jung, William Blake; (I call Voltaire a spiritual uncle: "the first priest was the first knave who met the first fool", but he loved the Quakers). Finally came Joseph Campbell (his little posthumous book, Thou Art That, Chapter Six, has a beautiful, concise naturalistic summary of the New Testament period.)
Campbell pointed out for instance that myths of the Virgin Birth are endemic in the history of mythology (religions): the son asks his mother who is his father, and, getting an indefinite answer, goes in search of his (spiritual) Father. He listed any number of historical 'saviors' who had passed through this experience (I'm no savior, but that's sort of the story of my life).
At my usual early morning worship it came to me that Jesus fits the bill; he found the Father of us all.
God is an Absolute, about which nothing definitive can be said (Meister Eckhart referred to the God Beyond God); we can only make negative statements about God or poetical ones. Jesus assured us that the universe is beneficent, and the future is bright; beyond that, living in a patriarchal age, he tied the Absolute to a Loving Heavenly Father.
This was the substance of my 'enlightening experience': we can say nothing about the Absolute, but if we become "as a little child" we may experience our Heavenly Father (or Mother) in our emotional depths, and that experience may inform our lives from then on. We're no longer children of matter, but sons and daughters of God.
God's richest blessings upon you, dear readers.