Ask a lot of people these days what their relationship is with the Bible, and you’ll hear, “it’s complicated.” For a book that’s supposed to have all the answers, it leaves most of us with just more questions.
When we think about Spirit, is it something that simply inspires us in our private lives, through provoking certain thoughts, ideas, or actions? Or do we see Spirit as something that might move us collectively in the larger spheres of our public lives and interactions?
Many of us find ourselves in a place where we feel disenfranchised from institutional religion. A lot of us are finding that “church” in the ways we’ve always known it just isn’t working anymore. And yet, we still find Jesus compelling. We find the Gospels to tell a story within which we still want to center ourselves.
How do we view our faith traditions in light of their influence on our public lives? How can we institute practices that criticize the bad by practicing the better?