This week my main task is to complete the lead article for the MSA Seed Sampler on What Will Shape Our Spirituality in the Coming Decade? It is a rather daunting task to narrow this down to a couple of trends as there are so many things that will shape both our spiritual practices and our theology in the coming years. My read is that the most impacting of these will be
- The growing pressures on our time created by the 24/7 work week and our increasing involvement in online activities
- The coming of the majority church with our need to embrace theological perspectives from other cultures
- The growing religious pluralism of our Western societies and the need to engage in dialogue with those outside Christian faith.
The opportunity these challenges present is sobering but exciting. And as you think about your response I suggest you also reflect on these words from Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals a book I am re-reading presently as I think about the implications of our changing world
… even our most treasured rites are not simply inherited and repeated; rather they are always in the process of being created. In fact they need to be recreated. Each succeeding generation with its new stories and fresh challenges must weave together recent tales with those of one’s ancestors. Furthermore, believers of each age must reckon with ritual newness that is born of the intersection of the ever-changing human narrative as it encounters the divine narrative. (p129)
As we engage the challenges of the coming decade our place is not to criticize or try to deny the changes that are coming. Our task is to enable individuals and communities to fashion narratives that weave together divine and human stories into a single fabric