I spent 3 semesters (from Fall 2005 through Fall 2006) attending seminary. I graduated with a Certificate in Theological studies. Although I left that behind, and decided for a variety of reasons, not to continue seminary, I learned a lot in that process, and those lessons are manifesting themselves in many ways in my life right now. What I have learned is that, broadly speaking, spirituality is the most important thing in my life, and, in fact, the fuel that keeps me running.
For me, this has basically three components: my own journey to live and be in touch with my highest, best self, which could be called the “God in me,” my spritual practices, and the sort of more intellectual approach to the existential questions of life. There is nothing more important to me than this.
Of course, almost everything is enfolded in these: my relationships with people in my life, and in the world, the way I live, the way I work, what and how I write, the way I approach life. My theology is hard to define, although if I were forced to choose one word, it would be “panentheist.” I have moved from being a Christian, in my early life, to being a secular humanist, to a neo-pagan, a Buddhist, a Unitarian Universalist, and then a Christian again, then now, to just “mystic.” Although Christianity certainly is the religion that has formative authority for me – it is the religion of my youth, my family, and, to a large extent, my culture, its most current dominant manifestations are, frankly, abhorrent to me. I’m glad that there is a solid outpost of progressive Christians that I call fellow travelers, but holding on to Christian identity continues to be a struggle for me. My beliefs haven’t changed much over all of those years – it’s mostly been a search for the proper container for it.