Monday, April 30, 2012

Faith-shaping life experiences

My faith is pulled from a number of sources that have defined my life experiences and spiritual beliefs.  The Capuchin Franciscans helped me develop an appreciation for Jesus and for following the environmental stewardship practiced by St. Francis.  InterVarsity Christian Fellowship helped me better identify with the wider Christian community than just Catholics.  Shane Claiborne's teachings helped me conceptualize what it means to follow Jesus in today's world.  NY Faith & Justice, Sojourners, and Red-Letter Christians helped bring further contextualization to faith-rooted social justice. Trinity Grace Church has given me an opportunity to feel unified under not having to identify with a particular denomination of Christianity. I can also identify pretty easily with the views expressed by Unitarian Universalist Christians.