The Great Spiritual Migration: How the world’s largest religion is seeking a better way to be Christian
On Tuesday 18th October we begin a new study group at Campsie Earlwood Clemton Park Congregation as we join an exciting adventure journeying with Brian McLaren in his new book 'The Great Spiritual Migration'. We will begin at 7.30pm and finish at 9.00pm. I envisage that the book will help us to widen our perspectives on many things including our faith, our views of God and the world we live in. I hope it will help us to find spaces where we can find ground to explore our spirituality with people who do not identify as Christian but rather as spiritually open or aware or seeking. Below is more information about the book. If interested please contact me via this blog or just turn up.
People by the millions are migrating out of traditional religion - some into secularism, some into experimental forms of nonreligious spirituality. But even within religious communities, people are on the move, migrating in exciting new directions. Drawing from his work as a pastor, speaker, public theologian, ecumenical networker, and activist, Brian D. McLaren challenges Christians to embark on a great spiritual migration: to seize this dynamic moment as an opportunity for Christian faith to become more just, generous, and joyful - and therefore more truly Christian.
The book explores three conversions or spiritual migrations. Spiritually, McLaren advocates a migration from Christian faith defined as a system of beliefs to a love-centered way of life. Theologically, he challenges people to move from defending God as a violent Supreme Being to experiencing and embodying God as the nonviolent Holy Spirit. And missionally, he explores how congregations can move from being institutional outposts of organized religion to networked cells of organizing religion. In The Great Spiritual Migration, McLaren invites readers to join a movement that can shift the direction of Christian faith to be more in sync with its founder, more life-giving for individual Christians and congregations, and more of a just, generous, and joyful resource for the whole world.
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Minister of Campsie Earlwood Clemton Park Uniting Church Congregation