San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Everything and everybody is involved in a sacred, evolutionary process, including the Christian faith. What might it look like for a church to consciously embrace and celebrate the “blessed unrest” that is coursing through us as a work of Spirit? We have more questions than answers at this point, and that’s part of the adventure.
Bruce Sanguin understands evolution as a divine strategy for making a world that can make itself, and that G_d is in the business of alluring all of creation into the deep enjoyment of realizing the highest possible expression of goodness, truth, and beauty.
As a Christian, Sanguin believes the Heart and Mind of G_d--that was in Jesus--is incarnate in every bit of this blessed universe and planet of ours. Along with the rest of life, we need to creatively adapt to changing life conditions, or suffer the evolutionary consequences -- which we’re seeing with the decline of the mainline churches. The crisis that we’re going through right now on the planet could very well be birth of a new reality. This creative adaptation and innovation is driven by Spirit. It's up to us to be part of the evolution.
The Reverend Bruce Sanguin is the Minister of Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace in Vancouver, B.C. He is a leader in evolutionary Christianity, teaching evolutionary theology and practice throughout North America and Australia. Bruce is passionate about updating the theology and practice of the church in light of the reality of evolutionary processes and the creative impulse of the universe. He is the author of five books, including If Darwin Prayed: Prayers for Evolutionary Mystics and Darwin, Divinity and the Dance of the Cosmos: an Ecological Christianity. His latest is The Advance of Love, which is a series of reflections on the Christian scriptures through the lens of evolutionary spirituality.
Bruce posts regularly at www.brucesanguin.com.
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Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology
AZFCT is a network of individuals and groups who welcome opportunities to explore progressive religious ideas through lectures, dialogue and in-depth reflection.
In recognition of the importance of religious thought and practice, AZFCT explores emerging paradigms of religious and spiritual experience that are relevant to cultural, social, political and scientific perspectives of the 21st century. Thought-provoking programs challenge us to examine how our theological and spiritual beliefs inform and influence our everyday lives.