A growing number of folks identify themselves this way. What does being spiritual (whether religious or not) mean to you? Does being religious help one be spiritual or hinder?
I haven’t seen anything from our church bodies with regard to dispute between the Obama administration and the RC Church over the provision requiring that health insurance include birth control. I’m not interested in debating the health care law. I am interested in what y’all think about where that religious freedom line should be drawn. And the specifics of this case are a good entry into thinking about this issue.
My opinion? Allowing individuals to opt in or out as their individual conscience dictates would lead to chaos. But institutions should be allowed hold to their officially stated beliefs.
This is just fascinating to me. Here’s a link to an internet church site:
On the one hand, such a thing might be seen by a clergy person (such as myself) as threatening.
On the other hand, this is great because many of us are hungry, are searching and are willing to engage in spiritual dialogue and reflection. And many of us are much more comfortable doing it on our own terms with people from whom we can pretty much remain anonymous.
On the other hand (uh, that would be the first hand) much of what happens in a flesh and blood church on Sunday morning cannot be replicated outside of a person to person, face to face, gathered community setting. This does not necessarily require a big, expensive church building, paid staff, etc. It does require gathering around Word and Sacrament in a community of people who are committed to loving one another as the body of Christ.
Love isn’t really love until it has skin on it.
The great thing about blogs is that they allow people from all over to converse with and learn from one another at a leisurely pace.
What I want this blog to be is a place for people
- to explore their spirituality
- learn from people who might be from a different generation or point of understanding
- grow in their relationship with God.
I welcome your comments and your postings; all points of view are welcome.
- If you’re crude, rude, or lewd, your comments won’t be posted; otherwise, it will.
- If find or write something interesting and want to post it here, go ahead.
- And if you do post something, be patient! The first time you post, I’ll have to approve your submission, and I’ll probably check my email for this only about once a day.
So who am I? (A vice-presidential candidate once famously said. And no, I am not making this up.). I am a Lutheran Christian guy who has been a pastor for 30 years. The world’s changed; I want to engage it.