Many Sources of Faith

Posted on Sep 12, 2019 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave

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“You can believe anything you want to here.” Well, no. But you will be encouraged to dig deep and discover what you really believe and will be inspired and challenged to live out those beliefs through your daily life and deepest commitments. “But then not everybody believes the same thing!” Yes! That’s the beauty of life among human beings. We don’t have to believe together in order to grow together and do good work together.

After all, life on Earth screams multiplicity, creativity, and abundance. Rivers flow quickly… Continents flow slowly… Snowflakes… Soil… Fingerprints… Everything named “tree” differing from every other thing named “tree”… Not only every tree, but every wonder-soaked leaf on the same tree. All these are completely unique. How much more so for this very human manifestation of spirituality called “religion.”

Spirituality, like nature or nature’s God, abhors monotony. Spirituality, like nature or nature’s God, ebbs and flows between unity and chaos in a cosmic dance of multiplicity, creativity, and abundance. Spirituality and religion, in fact, are different and varied as the eyes and ears and hearts of each beholder.

This church offers the opportunity to explore sources of spiritual growth that are as many and varied as the Gods of the ever-expanding, ever-evolving human experience: Experiences of mystery and wonder; Prophetic words and deeds; Wisdom from the world’s religions; Discoveries from science and reason; Earth-honoring spirituality that celebrates the sacred circle of life. All these reflect sources of human faith—whether religious, spiritual, secular, or some or none or all of the above. Perhaps they all lead to the same place. Perhaps not. With courage, perseverance, and maybe a little mercy, they lead to more growth, more faith, more hope, more possibility, more connection, more depth, more experiment, more challenge, more life, more love.

Join with other spiritual explorers, growing into your biggest life possible!

O mystery and wonder, move through us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;

O prophetic words and deeds, challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;

O religious wisdom, inspire us in our ethical and spiritual life, call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;

O human inspiration, counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, warning us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;

O Earth, lead us to celebrate the sacred circle of life and to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Amen.

Earth viewed from the Moon