In the left margin of my blog you find links to some of the books I read recently. One I'd like to point out specifically is 'Adam's Return. The five promises of male initiation' by Franciscan author Richard Rohr. He touches on several issues related to shift/reformation that I raised on my blog before, like the need to 'rediscover' a male spirituality, and the role of liminality in our spiritual formation. You might want to check out Rohr's website and this excerpt of an interview with him for an Australian radio station. Some spicy quotes:
- Few transformations happen in church. The places where real transformation happens in our world are Alcoholics Anonymous, Ground Zero, the cancer ward, and of course the mountains of New Mexico.
- Church liturgies/programs are very much a confirmation of the present consciousness, the present politics, the present self-serving world view. To join the clergy is to join an establishment world view of status and security. And I think that's what my father St. Francis was trying to oppose. Churchyanity has far too often become a substitute for Christianity.
- Not secularisation is the big reason for the collapse of churchgoing, but the failure of the church and its leaders to use their imagination.