Make A Mess

This post is part of a series reflecting on Grounded, the new book by Diana Butler Bass. Read the other posts in the series here. Again with this quote: As we pay attention to rivers and seas, we might also discover God’s fluid presence with the water. When I baptize people I make a mess. The chancel […]

God Made Dirt, And Dirt Don’t Hurt

This post is part of a series reflecting on Grounded, the new book by Diana Butler Bass. Read the other posts in the series here. There’s a question in this book nagging at me. It stems from Butler Bass’s description of a baptism liturgy she experienced during an Easter Vigil. “For the first time I realized,” she […]

Whose Afraid of The Big Bad Panentheist?

This post is part of a series reflecting on Grounded, the new book by Diana Butler Bass. Read the other posts in the series here. The one foray into the weeds of theological discourse that Grounded allows takes us into the field of “pans,” namely pantheism and panentheism. The book is arguing for a more wholehearted appropriation […]

I Can’t Find God in The Dirt

This post is part of a series reflecting on Grounded, the new book by Diana Butler Bass. Read the other posts in the series here. Four years ago my neighbor and I transformed a tiny patch of the courtyard we share in our condo complex into a two-tiered garden about 10 feet long and four feet wide. We […]

I’m Not Buying Bottom-Up Just Yet

This post is part of a series reflecting on Grounded, the new book by Diana Butler Bass. Read the other posts in the series here. Grounded is an assertion of a revolution. It wants to show how contemporary spirituality in North America is leaving behind a top-down conception of the human/divine relationship, one in which God exists […]