Richard Rohr says, “Without transformation, you might assume you’re at a high moral, spiritual level just because you call yourself Christian, or Lutheran or Methodist or Catholic. I think my great disappointment as a priest has been to see how little actual spiritual curiosity there is in so many people.”
Deep transformation, the kind that inspires us to see things differently, often requires that intentional act of letting go of the way we habitually think, the way we’ve always done things. And that’s difficult to be sure. As one of my favorite philosophers, Piglet, says when Winnie-the-Pooh asks him how does one become a butterfly, “You have to want to fly so much that you’re willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
This Sunday we’re continuing our Fall Series, “I’m Not That . . . Spiritual Refugees in Search of Home”, looking at the changing landscape of Christianity and spirituality in America. Where do you experience the presence of God? Where has the church surprised you, disappointed you, challenged you? Where do you find yourself out of control or suddenly invited to be present to something much greater than yourself? At a time when mainline Protestantism is on the decline around the U.S. and beyond, new forms and paths and practices of compassion and justice and joy and deep environmental awareness continue to arise in our world — outside of the church as well as from within. Is the church dying, or is it being reborn?
Sunday, September 18
nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration
“I’m Not That . . . I’m Spiritual but Not Religious”
(from The Voice, Season 8)
along with the eleven:eleven revolution
See you this Sunday . . .