Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Finding God In The World: Interview with Diana Butler Bass - Patheos
The environmental language and the language of the web from technology has conspired to create a new spiritual language for us and it’s been very powerful to me.
Nothing short of a spiritual revolution is afoot. This revolution is happening not within the walls of the church, but outside of them, in nature, in neighborhoods, in the home, and in the global commons.
Where is God? "Right here," Butler Bass says, in the dirt, in the water, in the air we breathe, and in the face of our neighbors. And this makes a world of difference in how we live as people of faith.
This spiritual revolution is really about a shift or a transformation. It really isn’t about institutions or the church. It’s about the way in which we understand and experience God. And yet our churches and institutions are still locating God in the very same place they did 500 years ago, in a far away heavenly realm.
Lots of people are now looking immediately around themselves, and saying, look at this! God is in my garden! Who knew God cared about tomatoes? Or, God is in the air I breathe, or in the face of my neighbor. The direction in which we are looking for God has really shifted.
God is with us here, in the web of life — not beyond it — and we live here, and the rest of nature is here, this whole amazing system of the world, and this planet we inhabit, its all interrelated.
This is a God who is interested in how we live now. It is so challenging to me. It’s a realization that is turning not only my spiritual life, but also my ethical and moral choices, inside out and I’m personally on a path of re-imagining my entire understanding of what it means for me to be a Christian person.
The full article is available here