We are facing serious problems: income inequality, erratic climate change, endless war and rampant military spending, a refugee crisis, a return of white supremacy to political power, etc. On the surface these appear as intellectual issues to be solved by education and political policy. But in actuality they are the result of spiritual misalignment—they are spiritual issues. And they need spiritual solutions.
Unfortunately, most churches, temples, and mosques are not designed to create spiritual solutions. There is an orthodoxy in American religious life that prioritizes the status quo over cultural transformation. People seek religious communities to find people who think like them rather than religious communities that offer them the opportunity to be changed as human beings so they might participate in the transformation of humanity.
If we are to survive, we must insist that our houses of worship create a new spiritual expectation of missional devotion.
Speaker: Rev. Ian White Maher