The progressive movement in Christianity takes many forms. I am featuring Westar Fellows and Associates who have found scholarship regarding the historical Jesus useful in their lives. Sea Raven (pictured to the right) earned her D. Min. (Doctor of Ministry) from the University of Creation Spirituality. You can find out more about Creation Spirituality and the work of Matthew Fox here.
Sea Raven has used her education to enhance worship and ritual. She is a harpist, singer, writer, and Earth Liturgist and a consultant for worship and the arts in the D.C area.
She posted her D. Min. dissertation on-line. It is entitled The Wheel of the Year: A Worshipbook for Creation Spirituality.
Sea Raven writes:
If the institutional Christian church is to remain relevant, an approach such as the one illustrated in this Worship Book is essential. Like the shamans of neolithic and aboriginal tribes, post-modern spiritual leaders must become priests and priestesses of the cosmos. By entering and living the metaphors presented by the new cosmology of the 3rd Millennium C.E., those called to such a role become entrancers, enchanters, mediators of the sacred realms. (pp. 1-2)In the first 20 or so pages of her dissertation, Sea Raven provides a nice introduction to Creation Spirituality with its emphasis on
- original blessing rather than original sin,
- feminine images of the Divine,
- accepting evolution and our modern cosmology,
- the historical Jesus,
- non-Christian religious expression,
- ritual and worship that engages all of the senses.
Here is a ritual for Halloween or All Saints that you can share with a small group. Notice how the ritual includes all of the senses from making wreaths to smelling herbs, to sharing a real meal, to prayers, to moving the body, to rest.
Sea Raven is one of many examples of people who are searching for (and expressing) a faith for the 21st century (or as she writes, the 3rd millenium). She has not given up on the Christian faith, she is participating in its transformation.