Bishop Spong will discuss Progressive and Emerging Christianity as paths where one can retain one’s beloved Christianity and grow spiritually using traditional teachings as platforms for greater meaning and deeper clarity. As a boy growing up in the south witnessing the struggles for racial integration, he was profoundly inspired to dig deeper into the Bible to find the messages of love, acceptance and inclusion in order to bring this broader more enlightened meaning to the Christian world.
His admirers acclaim him as a teaching bishop who makes contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary layperson. He’s considered the champion of an inclusive faith by many, both inside and outside the Christian church. In one of his recent books, The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Discover the God of Love (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2005), this visionary thinker seeks to introduce readers to a proper way to engage the holy book of the Judeo-Christian tradition. A committed Christian who has spent a lifetime studying the Bible and whose life has been deeply shaped by it, Bishop Spong says he was not interested in Bible bashing. “I come to this interpretive task not as an enemy of Christianity; I am not even a disillusioned former Christian, as some of my scholar-friends identify themselves. I am a believer who knows and loves the Bible deeply. But I also recognize that parts of it have been used to undergird prejudices and to mask violence.”
A visiting lecturer at Harvard and at universities and churches worldwide, Bishop Spong delivers more than 200 public lectures each year to standing-room-only crowds. His bestselling books include Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, A New Christianity for a New World, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, and Here I Stand.
Bishop Spong’s extensive media appearances include a profile segment on 60 Minutes as well as appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News Live, Politically Incorrect, Larry King Live, The O’Reilly Factor, William F. Buckley’s Firing Line, and Extra. Bishop Spong and his wife, Christine Mary Spong, have five children and six grandchildren. They live in New Jersey.
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ABOUT Kathy L Kirk:
Kathy Kirk has led an extraordinary life becoming a Consciousness Bridge. In every activity, Kathy’s focus is to observe the Human Spirit interface in the body/mind and It’s application/effect in the individual Life and in the physical world to explain and teach how we naturally create our physical reality.
Kathy is the Creator and Founder of Applied Spirituality™ http://www.appliedspirituality.comThe Ordinary Person's TOE (Theory of Everything) continues to evolve from research, observation, experiences and contemplation. Applied Spirituality explains Consciousness as cause of every effect.
Kathy is the author of two books each with online course, The Earthling’s Quick Start Guide: Master Operating Your Unit on Earth and Well Done. She redefines patriotism as the courage to answer one’s personal Call to Adventure as an Ordinary Hero, using the details of one’s physical life to awaken into a conscious life having gained a Higher Perspective.
She is a compelling speaker, conducts seminars, private/group life coaching and has a business degree from Cornell. She has two adult sons.
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