On Sunday 5 May, progressive Christian churches worldwide will be celebrating Pluralism Sunday. I’ve been asked to address the congregation at St Andrews on The Terrace in Wellington by the minister, Rev Dr Margaret Mayman. She wants me to offer some thoughts about my ‘faith journey as a secular Buddhist’ during the reflection time. Reflection time is a lovely way of describing what used to be called a sermon.
The Minister see this also as an opportunity for members of the congregation to get to know me as a trustee of the St Andrews Trust for the Study of Religion and Society, a role which I’ve been enjoying for just over two years.
However – and this is where I’m seeking your help – Buddhists don’t talk about faith journeys. In fact I’m wondering just how to deal with the notion of faith in the context of this group of progressive Christians.
It would be very easy to say that faith often comes from religious truth claims which themselves are generally based on metaphysical beliefs, and that what matters is what we do, our practice, our ethical values and our sense of belonging to a community. But is this a little too crass? How could I put this across more subtly in a way they could relate to?
Please share your ideas, and comment on this post. Let’s see if we can crowdsource a sermon!
And if you’re thinking of coming to St Andrews on The Terrace on Sunday 5 May please do so. The service runs from 10am for about an hour, with tea and coffee offered afterwards.