My parents like to travel so we spent some time in Europe (Austria, and Switzerland for me, my older sisters were born in Germany). We moved to Vestal, NY, the year I was born and my parents put us in Catholic (Our Lady of (the Seven) Sorrows) school because they did not like the public school. I always knew we were not Catholic and in second grade I remember telling the nuns I was a Pagan. Nothing came of it and my parents do not remember the incident.
As I grew up I felt a need to find a religion that matched my personal beliefs. I regected Christianity for several reasons:the treatment of women, the history of religious atrocities, the attitude toward homosexulity, the obviously false assertion that their's is the only true "god". Islam and Judism were out for most of the same reasons. I also looked at Buddhism, Hinduism, Native American beliefs. Unfortunatly almost every religion I looked at failed the Feminism test. It was not until I met some Witches at a SF convention (the shortlived TriCitiCon, that one of my sister's boyfriends helped organize) that I found a religion that didn't actively degrade women.