Here is an excellent outline of what it means to be faithful. We need to understand these stages, especially if we are in a church community working to help others to find their way.
The decision of the United Methodist Church to reject the LGBTQ population has been on a lot of minds and hearts this past week. I talked about it in my sermon on Saturday evening, and got choked up enough that I couldn’t go on for a few seconds. It reminds me of my own swift departure from the church of all my days, and all my parent’s days, and at least two generations before them. Whenever I begin to take personally my ostracism from the church, I remind myself of the bigger picture.
In 1981 James Fowler wrote a book titled, Stages of Faith. He wrote about the six stages of human faith development. Everyone has a spirituality, whether acknowledged or not. It is a part of what it means to be human. And everyone is in one of the six stages, or in the liminal space between stages. While…
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