Sunday, December 6th
The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed book Christianity After Religion by arguing that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God.
The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift — Bass argues — from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us: one that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.
Hospitality is the spiritual practice that saves tribes from tribalism, allowing them to open their gates and widen the boundaries of their neighborhood to include those who happen to wander by. Thus begins a long struggle within religion about neighborhood. Does God bless only our tribe, or does welcome all people into the tent?
To live beyond walls of fear, especially those constructed on foundations of divine approval, is to assure a future of global uncertainty and violence. The world can no longer afford tribes intent on purity who believe God blesses only them; the world is longing for tribes that place hospitality front and center of spiritual practice and work to bless others on their way.
This is core of the spiritual revolution Diana Butler Bass calls us to in her new book “Grounded: Finding God in the World.” We could not be more delighted to welcome our long-time friend back to the Rector’s Forum to challenge and inspire us to join in that revolution.
Here’s what Sister Simone Campbell (of “Nuns on the Bus” fame) had to say about Grounded:
“Beginning with earth (dirt), air (sky) and water Bass weaves an engaging story of interconnectedness ending in the revelation of the divine in the here and now. I thoroughly enjoyed the texture and twists of insights opening the stunning truth of emerging faith in our midst.” — Sister Simone Campbell
Join us as we welcome back Diana Butler Bass to the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, December 6th at 10:15 a.m. Books will be available for purchase with book signing to follow. And if you can’t be here in person, join us via live stream here.
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