SPA 'reinvented'...Tuesday night gatherings are going virtual.
*Discussion group is now using Facebook to continue their lively conversations. Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/Inward-Journey-109896290670961/?ref=bookmarks Each week they meet to examine the work of modern Christian theologians, and discuss how their ideas enlighten our own personal experience, in the ongoing endeavor for each of us to actively participate in our own spiritual evolution. Examining the context of biblical teachings sheds new light on the divine experience which we share with Jesus. (see below for full information on the topic of their most recent conversations)
*Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation practices are considering using Zoom to meet for their weekly gatherings. Please reply back with your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.992.1033 We will start up on Tuesday April 14th provided there is sufficient interest
"On Our Faith Journey" Discussion Group Description:
The progression from tribal, warrior, traditional, to post-modern stages involves a steady expansion of worldview in many areas. One of these is your concept of God. At the warrior level, we have concepts such as Yahweh, who was primarily a tribal warlord whose job was to lead Israel into battle, and who demanded sacrifices, either human or animal, to appease him. Moving to the traditional level, it was a big step to the “Abba” concept introduced by Jesus, in that this was a god concept for all humankind, and it was a god of love. This concept, unfortunately, was still God created in man’s image, and thus, took an awful beating in the modern era where rationality was supreme. An alternative concept, the mystic’s God, has been with us since the time of Abraham1. This is the god of the prophets and mystics who were particularly sensitive to the direct experience of god within. The theologian, Paul Tillich, popularized this concept by ushering in the “God is Dead” movement in the mid 20th century. Tillich saw that a god created in man’s image wasn’t adequate in the age of rationality, but, god as “ground of all being” was more compatible with a rational worldview, and at the same time, did a better job of leading us to explore our own spirituality via the “inward journey”2. As we move into the post-modern and integral stages of experience, the mystic’s god is no longer relegated to the periphery (Celtic spirituality, Quakerism, Catholic monks, etc.), and is gradually becoming more accepted within the mainstream of Protestantism.
1)Karen Armstrong; A History of God
2)Paul Tillich; The Courage to Be