Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Religion vs. Spirituality: Follow Up #1

Some time ago (late September) I asked you all to do me a favor and play a little word game with me. I asked for you to tell me what you first thought of when you heard the following two words:

Religion


Spirituality


You did a great job of responding and I want to share what you said and get your reactions.


Religion: communal, rules, Pharisees, extremes, history, culture's answer, distancing from God, God in a box, label.


Spirituality: me, zen, passion, expression of belief, real life interplay, between God and created beings, untamed, life giving, awesome.


Before I write my response to these lists and to this conversation about/between religion and spirituality, I'd be interested to hear your reactions when you see those lists of words.


Do they make sense to you?


Is there anything you would add to the list for either religion or spirituality?


When everyone's responses are put together does it change the way you hear these words?


Thanks for being companions on this journey I'm on.

2 comments:

Robin (noteverstill) said...

It looks like maybe, if you had to distill the answers, that religion is institutional/historical and spirituality is personal. Does that help or not, though?

Hyacynth said...

Echoing Robin. Spirituality = relationship.