by Jennifer Ochstein
When people ask about my conversion testimony, I cringe. My motivations for becoming a Christian were suspect. I wasn’t filled with joy at the moment of decision. I was rancorous.
I think of it more as the incident rather than a conversion. The actual conversion has taken years. The incident embarrasses me, even today. Maybe that’s why I’ve come to stubbornly insist that my conversion wasn’t a single moment in time but a transformation of years. A transformation of […]
Again and again we find ourselves as subjects addressing God as an object, a separate being – one whom we seek, appeal to, and praise. We ask this divine being to respond, to have mercy, to grant, to forgive, to act, just as we would ask another person to do the same. “We” speak to a God who is not “us,” but something else, whether we think of God as the one in whom we live and move and have our being, or as something impossibly far away. In other words, we think dualistically.
by George Clifford
The theological term conversion has sufficiently troubled me that I have avoided using it for decades. Initially, this avoidance was unconscious but more recently has been intentional.
The English word conversion has today, especially in religious contexts, the overwhelming connotation of a change in a person’s beliefs or thinking. Yet Christianity is about learning to walk the Jesus path ever more faithfully, not about persuading people to hold right beliefs.
Actions speak louder than words. My observation of religious people […]
The Reverend Nurya Love Parish grew up unchurched, called to ministry in the Unitarian Universalist Church, educated at Harvard Divinity.
Rachel Held Evans grew up in the Bible Belt, an evangelical Christian, an author of theological books.
Both were the daughters of college professors. Both have found their places in The Episcopal Church, Parish as a priest. Says Parish:
I don’t know which one of our teenage selves would be more surprised about that.
Parish reviews Evans’ newest book on her blog, Churchwork:
I had […]