Engaging the “Tough Terms”

Whether you’ve been a part of the FUUSN community for a little while or a long time, many of us grapple when particular words are mentioned. Do we mean the same thing when we say them?

Part of the Adult Faith Development Task Force’s work illuminated the complexities of what each of us means when we say the word “faith,” and my narrow understanding of what “God” meant it took me a long time to understand why so many people in our world hold a belief in God. I wondered if they were simply uneducated. Conversations with many people led me to an understanding of God that made sense for me, and it’s helped me tremendously in understanding myself and the world.

What are the words that are challenging for you? Faith? Religion? Prayer? Theology? God? Grace? Spirit of Life? I challenge you to pick a word and have three conversations this summer with three people around you who might have different perspectives. How might this broaden your understanding of yourself and the world?                                                                                                                                                 -Rowan