Date: Monday October 4th, 2010
What does it mean to be 'spiritual but not religious?' Are they simply "dabblers" or "salad-bar spiritualists"? Contrary to these stereotypes, Dr. Linda Mercadante has found this rising group of people to be determined seekers and spiritually open. She has done in-depth interviews with more than 70 people who so self-identify, focusing attention on comparing Boulder, CO and Columbus, OH, but she has also done interviews in California, New York, Michigan, and Canada. She will share her 3 years of research on SBNR spiritual journeys, practices and especially their beliefs. Dr. Mercadante has won two awards for this work and is currently the Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology. Although she is the B. Robert Straker Professor of Theology at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, she is here in Boulder conducting additional research, and writing a book on this topic. Come and learn about the background of this movement, and the fascinating people that inhabit it. Please visit www.healthybeliefs.org for more information on Linda. First United Methodist Church of Boulder is an inclusive community of faith welcoming all people. We invite you to experience our labyrinth, join us for worship, or attend one of our many community events. We are a welcoming community that celebrates the sacred worth of every individual. At First Church, you will find a safe space of love, acceptance, and faith that celebrates diversity, embraces inclusiveness, and shares God’s unconditional love. Please visit us at www.fumcboulder.org to learn more about our faith community.