Faith In Process: What Does it Mean to Be Rooted?
I got a B.A. in Christian theology (and yes, BA stands for badass).
I paid, and am paying, big bucks to study the Biblical text, examine history, philosophy and theology and learned what words like hermeneutics means. I can tell you about eschatology, who holds what beliefs about the "last days" and why it matters. I was able to deepen and expand what it meant to be rooted in the community of faith gathered around Jesus. My views and opinions have shifted on nearly every topic imaginable, from what the death or resurrection of Jesus means, what a life in the Jesus way looks like and feels like, and how to engage with others who are outside of that faith and convictions. As the dissonance between my progressive theological education and conservative church affiliations mounted in me, I struggled to find ways to unite the two. Since leaving a church and settling into who I am and what is on my heart to do, I have seen a deeper unity between my convictions and experiences than seemed possible, but still have no idea what that looks like in connection to a church. A pastor I like once said, "One must be rooted in tradition to innovate with integrity." That quote has inspired and compelled me for years, but now I'm wondering, What does it mean to be rooted?
Does it mean being a member? Does it involve a continuing education? Where does belonging to one tradition cut you off from the wisdom of others? Does it?
These are questions I am asking and living. I would love your input!
What does it mean to be rooted?
Answer in the comments below.