Progressive Christian Spirituality
Persons of faith are called to be global pioneers. Although you may be rooted in a particular religious tradition, you may also find spiritual nurture through the insights and practices of the historical religious traditions, native spiritualities, or the new spiritual movements of our time. You may, for example, attend church on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, and share fully in the ritual of Holy Communion. But, throughout the week, you may practice Zen Buddhist meditation or Transcendental Meditation, receive reiki or acupuncture treatments, or attend a Native American sweat lodge.
The challenge for spiritual pilgrims is to find creative ways to integrate the wisdom of their own faith with global spiritual practices.
Over the past several years, I have been involved in exploring progressive Jewish and Christian spirituality. Despite a tragic history, progressive Jews and Christians can learn much from each others traditions. We look for common ground not only in the affirmation of an active, loving, and personal God but also the celebration of a common history and complementary spiritual practices. I believe that Jews and Christians can deepen their spirituality by sharing each others spiritual practices, holy days, and theological insights.
Gods truth is larger than any religious tradition. As we share our faith, we do not seek to convert one another, but grow together by sharing a common spiritual adventure.
If you want to know more about progressive spirituality, please take a look at these books:
- Mending the World: Spiritual Hope for Ourselves and Our Planet, written with Rabbi Lewis Solomon (Innisfree/Augsburg)
- Walking in the Light: A Jewish-Christian Vision of Healing and Wholeness, written with Rabbi Lewis Solomon (Chalice Press)
- Finding Angels in Boulders: An Interfaith Discussion on Dying and Death, written with Rabbi Lewis Solomon (Chalice Press)
- The Call of the Spirit: Process Spirituality in a Relational World, written with John B. Cobb and Paul Nancarrow (Process and Faith Press)
If you live in Central Pennsylvania, please join me at Disciples United Community Church in Lancaster, PA.