do not think my spiritual beliefs and religious practices
are relevant material for the course but you may (or may
not) want to know the biases I bring to our discussions.
In my opinion, spirituality
is about existential questions and religion is about how
we answer those questions.
I believe in a creator / deity because I cannot otherwise
comprehend what was before the beginning (whenever it was)
or what will be after the end (whenever it will be). Likewise,
I cannot comprehend the concept of infinity or what is beyond
the end of the universe so there is something beyond my human
comprehension. In some way that is comforting because I
could not worship a deity I could comprehend and understand.
In terms of religious practice, I am a Christian, I am what
most would call a liberal Christian on social issues and
a conservative Christian on issues of religious practice.
I choose to worship as an active Episcopalian. My answer
to the question, "are you born again?" is complex. I believe
in grace so that each time I ask forgiveness for my shortcomings
when judged against the "Great" commandments (love God with
all your heart, mind and soul, and love your neighbor as
yourself), I am born again. That is so often that I am constantly
in the process of being
I look forward to our learning together.