Harvard theologian opens spiritual journeys series

Rick Spalding, co-pastor of Boston’s Church of the Covenant and Protestant chaplain at Harvard University, will discuss Holy Dissonance: The Pleasures of Being a Religious Misfit at Bates College from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Skelton Lounge, Chase Hall. The public is invited to attend this Spiritual Journeys lecture without charge. Call 207-786-8272 for more information.

Spalding will discuss what to do when you can’t find a religious or spiritual home, and what to do when the available religious options don’t seem to fit.

Sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain at Bates, the Spiritual Journeys lecture series features speakers from a variety of traditions who tell the stories of their spiritual awakening and development. Speakers are invited to explore how they experience a sense of the holy in their everyday lives, how their perspectives and disciplines have shaped that sacred experience and how they understand religion as a resource or an obstacle to the life of the soul. Speakers may also address the political and social consequences of their spirituality.

Next in the Spiritual Journeys series, Delle McCormick, from the Cuernavaca Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development, will discuss A Feminist Lesbian Minister’s Journey Among the Poor in Mexico from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, in Skelton Lounge, Chase Hall.

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