Why church? Why layer the institutional church on top of my spiritual life?
Solo spirituality is fraught with the ills of ego. You need other spiritual journeyers to challenge your assumptions. When we join in community, we have others to help us interpret scripture, discern our callings, encourage our spiritual practice. You have to admit, many minds create rich and diverse possibilities for support and spiritual breadth.
Why Christian? Isn’t there truth in all religions?
We are an unapologetically Christian community open to learning from other faith traditions. God is one and will speak to everyone because God loves and wants to include everyone in God’s blessings. We trust God will not be deterred in speaking in any way that touches the human heart. Our community looks to the life and teachings of Jesus to reveal God to us but we are unafraid to learn from and let other religious perspectives converse with our Christian framework as a affirmation of Christ’s care for all people.
Are you going to try and make me believe what you believe?
Bondage to “orthodoxy,” right belief, is a concept we are trying to liberate our community from. We invite people into our community as skeptics and doubters, as journeyers and seekers. We believe right action, “orthopraxy” is more important than a rigid set of intellectual propositions about religion. Our manner of life tries to imitate the loving and courageous ways of Jesus. Church doctrine may be a conversation starter, but we are at liberty under Christ’s guidance to question so-called orthodoxy.
Some days I don’t believe in God let alone Jesus.
We are discovering that “believing” things is less important than building relationships of trust. Entrusting our lives to the example of Jesus, a model of the God-human relationship, is a life-long spiritual journey full of seasons of faith and doubt, unknowing and revelation. We welcome those with doubt to teach us humility of faith and correct any temptation toward too easy, pious confidence.
What if the holy jargon doesn’t mean anything to me?
Have you ever noticed on any particular day, some art work, a poem or a prayer strike us as deeply meaningful? Our worship draws from a mix of traditional and contemporary, language. This diversity attempts to speak to many at different places along their spiritual journey. We use every day language, even irreverent language to encourage those in worship to touch our broken hurting places and build relationships within and without.
Try a different route
“Have we encountered an impenetrable roadblock in our pilgrimage? an unbridgeable chasm that mocks our need to know? Rather than abandoning the quest, perhaps this frustration signals that we should try a different path.”
-Wounds that let God in, Marian Woodman