May 27th, 2009

looking for a religion

Hi,

I'm looking for a religion and failing. Ok not for myself, for my character. She's female, early twenties and currently studying in England, after having left her parents in another English speaking country - or the north of England, it doesn't matter much. She has at least a younger sister, maybe more siblings. Her parents are strictly religious, she not so much.

She doesn't drink, though I haven't decided if this is a personal quirk or a religious one. Her parents wanted her to marry a man of the same faith (and basically set things up) but he died (in an accident) and she decided she wanted to go out and study. They call/write to her occasionally, and assume she's being a good girl (she isn't, she's going to become a vampire...)

I'm looking for a religion which would have their people marry in the early twenties, not drink, be reasonably compliant to parents wishes, and where it wouldn't be too common but also not all too frowned on for a girl to go study IT at university, though more frowned on for her to move away for said study. She's also not been sexually active yet, and I don't have any plans for her to be. She had a fairly strict upbringing but she accepts that not everyone believes the same and respects the fact other people do drink and the like.

I know its rather vague and i'm having a bit of trouble finding anything as a result.
I tried searching on catholicism, protestant church, and mormonism, but wiki pages don't seem to say what their lifestyles are like, and their own websites are mostly about the love of God..not exactly what I'm looking for. I tried walking into two churches, but one didn't seem to have anyone 'on duty' so to speak and the other tried to convert me myself.....which isn't what i'm looking for!

Help?

Edited to add: Thank you everyone, I will respond to individual posts where I can but you've given me a huge amount to think about and some very good suggestions to flesh my character out. You guys rock!

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