Spiritual Inquiry services focus on personal faith development and cultivating one’s personal theology, along-side or independent of your faith community. Unlike other areas of life in which development and change are readily acknowledged or expected, too often faith, religion, and/or spirituality are reduced to a have/have not…either you belong and fit into a community’s faith/religious/theological tradition or you don’t. Reality, however, is rarely so clearly defined. Personal faith, like other dimensions of human life, changes, develops, grows…or at least it should. The spiritual understanding you held as a child changes as you become an adult and life becomes more complex. The ways in which you participate in religious traditions and rituals mature and take on new meanings or become problematic as you learn more about your tradition and its history. Unfortunately, there are few safe places to explore faith/religion/spirituality without risking relationships and community, especially for those in seminary or who are clergy.
Spiritual Inquiry consultations are a space to question the theologies you received growing up and explore how YOU understand God, community, tradition, self, and world. Sessions are a space to receive open-minded and theologically-informed support as you wade through the crisis of faith that inevitably marks the growing pains of faith development. As an ordained person with a doctorate in systematic theology and as a religious studies instructor, I offer a broad structure to help you think and feel through your personal theology with no vested interest in leading you to a particular space.