The part of me that is whole, that is Episcopalian, as was Marcus Borg. The part of me that is a Sacramental—Contemplative Christian (with certain Buddhist leanings), and spiritual poetic practices, mourns with many others the passing of theologian Marcus Borg.
While Marcus Borg often questioned the Bible, he never lost his desire and great passion for a deeply felt spiritual existence or faith in God as something very real, and very present all through creation, as a Divine Mystery.
One of my fondest memories is when my father and I attended a three day seminary to hear Marcus Borg, Joan Chittister, and Dominic Crossan at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston.
A Manifesto for Progressive Christians: “Imagine that Christianity is about loving God. Imagine that it’s not about the self and its concerns, about ‘what’s in it for me,’ whether that be a blessed afterlife or prosperity in this life. Imagine that loving God is about being attentive to the one in whom we live and move and have our being. Imagine that it is about becoming more and more deeply centered in God. Imagine that it is about loving what God loves. How would that change our lives?” — from Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most
I’d like to add, imagine that faith, any faith, is about loving God.
Imagine —a world where we embrace and engage in an interfaith dialogue that is not defined by a specific creed, dogma, religion or faith, but how we love God and one another.
Where we live our life or lives in such love and openness. Where we come to see God as a Verb, as “Spirit-Truth-Love” (Spiritual Truth & Love) at work within the world.
It can change our whole perception of life, and the spiritual practices we may embrace. These practices do not need to be associated with any one faith.
Such practices may honor and embrace the Divine Mystery dwelling within us, dwelling in creation, moving through all faiths, and calling us into relationship with one another.
As a poet I may use the language, images, and symbols of any faith or mystery to express the inexpressible, to speak the ineffable, to dwell in this mystery that dwells in us all.
Ron Starbuck is an author, poet, the Publisher-CEO of Saint Julian Press, and an Episcopalian.