Resources for those re-thinking their Christian faith
Rebecca de Saintonge, 15th Mar 2016 2 comments
A frequently updated list of resources for people seeking a more radical approach to Christian spirituality.
The London Spirituality Centre
The Centre offers workshops, events and courses to help you discover, explore and develop your spirituality.
In their own words: “Drawing upon ancient Christian wisdom and contemporary psychological insight, the Centre offers training and development opportunities for individuals and groups including two formation courses for spiritual directors, a basic Course in Christian Spirituality, supervision groups and a wide variety of workshops.”
The Centre, a registered charity, is based in the Church of St Edmund the
King, Lombard Street in the heart of the City of London.”
Centre for Action and Contemplation
An organisation that encourages a more contemplative approach to Christianity, inspired by the teachings of Fr. Richard Rohr.
In their own words: “We are a centre for experiential education, rooted in the Gospels, encouraging the transformation of human consciousness through contemplation, and equipping people to be instruments of peaceful change in the world.”
The Lasting Supper
The Lasting Supper is a non-confrontational online community run by pastor and cartoonist David Hayward.
In his own words: “The Lasting Supper is for people who want to be spiritually independent and free. We all eat at the same table but we like different things. So we value transparency and honesty. With a bit of hot sauce. But above all, we share a deep respect for the opinions and beliefs of everyone at the table. It just might be the best spiritual experience you have ever had.”
Progressive Christian Network
The Progressive Christianity Network seeks a credible and inclusive way to follow Jesus.
In their own words: “We are unafraid to question traditional church teaching: we value contemporary thought and recent biblical understanding. We do not offer a set of answers but we invite you to join us in asking the questions.”
The Modern Church
Modern Church is the main proponent of liberal theology in the British churches.
In their own words: “We work ecumenically to encourage open, enquiring, non-dogmatic approaches to Christianity.”
- Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality – in this exploration of the central themes of scripture, Richard Rohr transforms the written word, discovering in these ancient texts a new and vital meaning, relevant and essential for modern Christians.
- Spirit of Silence – making space for creativity – a gentle but thought-provoking book by John Lane about finding silence and spiritual space in our modern world.
- Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The historical Jesus and the heart of contemporary faith – Marcus Borg addresses the yearnings of those who want a fully contemporary faith that welcomes rather than oppresses our critical intelligence.
- Questions are the Answer: nakedpastor and the search for understanding – David Hayward describes himself as ‘a graffiti artist on the walls of religion’ – he uses words and cartoons to explore faith, doubt, and the search for a personal spiritual reality.
- Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense – Francis Spufford’s book is for believers who are fed up with being patronised, for non-believers curious about how faith can possibly work in the twenty-first century, and for anyone who feels there is something indefinably wrong, literalistic, anti-imaginative and intolerant about the way the atheist case is now being made.
- Godless Morality: Keeping Religion Out of Ethics – Bishop Richard Holloway challenges the assumption that God is the author of our morality and argues that moral codes are human constructs.