Wow, there was a lot of activity yesterday, I am sorry I was not able to join in the discussion. I will take time to ponder what you all have shared and hopefully respond soon.
Rick, I did read what you shared and I agree, my faith has also become more fluid with age and experience. In my early years I towed the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod line and in doing so, I had God in a box. CPE was the beginning of my becoming more fluid. With regards to “faith”, I talk more about my relationship with God. My “faith” is not what sustains me. It is the one in whom I put my faith. My “calm in the storm” comes in my relationship with God. I have been reading material by Richard Rohr, a Franciscan Priest. His material resonates with me because he has put into words what as you have said, “I have come to feel comfortable with, but still hard to articulate.” I just started reading Rohr’s newest book, The Universal Christ. In it he talks about faith not as a thing, but calmness, a feeling of God’s presence.
What I know continues to evolve, because God is infinite and limitless, I am finite and limited. There is always more to learn and that usually happens in the storms of my life, and also through the sharing I have with other people. When I visit with people, I have what I have. This supports me in what I do and frees me to be open to let others be where they are at and help them explore as needed.
I appreciate your reference to Wayne’s, When Religion Gets Sick. I first read it in CPE and then again as part of an Oates Seminar. This was good as I began to open up the box I had “religion” in.