When One Religion Isn’t Enough: Making Sense of Multiplicity

Date(s) - 01/12/2019
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


When One Religion Isn’t Enough: Making Sense of Multiplicity
Twelfth Jean and Patrick Henry Seminar
Saturday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Duane Bidwell, Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling; Senior Staff Clinician and Supervisor, The Clinebell Institute, Claremont, CA

Most people think religions are pure, static, and monolithic, separated by clear boundaries. But some people regularly cross religious borders. Hinjews, Jubus, Buddhist-Christians, Chrislamics, and others maintain bonds to more than one tradition at the same time. This type of spiritual fluidity blurs categories, evokes prejudice, and complicates religious communities–especially at church. But spiritually fluid people celebrate their connections to multiple religions, which some claim by choice but most inherit from family and culture. Their numbers are growing. The seminar considers questions raised by complex religious bonds: How and why do people become spiritually fluid? What does it mean to claim–or be claimed by—multiple religious traditions? How do spiritually fluid people navigate conflicting truth claims? What can they contribute to congregations and to the common good? The seminar unfolds in three parts: I. Making Sense of Multiplicity, 2. What About Salvation? And What Is Truth? and 3. Observations, Implications, Provocations.

Duane R. Bidwell, PhD, wrote the Beacon Press book When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People (2018). He teaches practical theology, spiritual care, and counseling at Claremont School of Theology in California, where he is a full professor and staff clinician at The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy. An award-winning teacher and mentor, Duane sits on the board of The Taos Institute, an interdisciplinary non-profit that promotes relational theory and practice. A minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a Buddhist practitioner, Duane has been a pastor, chaplain, counselor, and non-profit director. He and his wife Karee are TCU alums and live in California with their son and dog. Duane was Brite’s first PhD graduate, and from 2002-2007 directed the seminary’s Pastoral Care and Training Center. To relax, he makes pottery, practices Vietnamese, watches his son play soccer, and volunteers as a fire lookout.