Filmed at Kansas City Oasis May 21st, 2017
After 15 years of fumbling through conversations about religion and spirituality, I have arrived, confidently, at a definition of personal belief I can live with: Spiritual Humanism. As a seminary dropout, I spent years being resentful of narrow-minded leadership in religious communities. I experienced, and still experience, the eye-rolls, snickering and the quick dismissal at my “spiritual but not religious,” stance; as if I should tire of my youthful “dabbling,” and finally settle on one religion, just to make everyone else more comfortable. I experience the same behavior in some secular communities because of a pervading belief that I should just “give it all up.” My truth tends to make people on all sides suddenly eager for a chance at “justifiable” discrimination and name-calling. What happens when you give up religion but don't give up belief? And what happens when you shun doctrine and still find value in theology? Is personal interpretation worthy? How exactly does one carve a path? And where exactly do I fit in? Welcome to the Humanist Spectrum!