A Faith of Many Rooms
Inhabiting a More Spacious Christianity (Online)
With Debie Thomas
March 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. U.S./Eastern
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In the Gospels, Jesus describes the Kingdom of God as a house with “many rooms.” The implication is that the realm of God is wide, abundant, and spacious. But this is not how many people experience contemporary Christianity. Though Scripture is rife with metaphors of spaciousness, the language people often use when they’re struggling with their faith is the language of narrowness, constriction, and confinement. What might a “big enough” Christianity actually look like? What sorts of ruptures and reconciliations would it take to find a bigger house of faith, and inhabit it with both authenticity and joy? Join author Debie Thomas for an exploration of the themes and questions that animate her new book on "a spacious Christianity." What does a roomy salvation look like? Can we have faith and be "lost" at the same time? What roles do sorrow and lament play in a truly robust Christianity? This 90-minute online program will include reflections from the author, short readings from her new book, and ample time for conversation.
About the Presenter
Debie Thomas is a returning Mercy by the Sea facilitator who is a much sought-after speaker on Scripture, faith, writing, and spiritual practice. She holds a Master's degree in English literature from Brown University and an MFA in creative writing from the Ohio State University. She serves as the Minister for Lifelong Formation and Discipleship at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, California. A columnist and contributing editor for The Christian Century, Debie is also the author of Into the Mess and Other Jesus Stories. She and her husband have two grown children and live in northern California.