Participatory Spirituality for the 21st Century
Before finding this forum for introductions and welcomes, I added a blog post introducing myself. I'll add it here:
Hi, I'm a United Methodist clergyperson, currently serving as chaplain and instructor at a United Methodist college. I self-identify as a progressive Christian, largely because that is the most well known label referring to post-traditional Christianity. I also might describe myself around campus as a Christian, but not exclusively. Less frequently, and primarily to those who would already understand what I mean or to those who might almost understand, I echo Derrida's claim that I could rightly be called an atheist.
I have a blog entitled "Divine Salve" where I post very infrequently, and I've been picked up in the past week as a columnist at ProgressiveChristianity.org. Who knows whether the larger audience will prompt me to blog more often.
I'm also a grad student in the University of Louisville's Interdisciplinary Humanities Ph.D. program. I've concentrated on phenomenology and hermeneutics. I just passed my last comp in April, and my dissertation will deal with phenomenologist/theologian Jean-Luc Marion. His is a postmetaphysical phenomenology/theology, and I hope augment/critique him with Gebser's integral phenomenology.
I have loved developmental theories since seminary, reading Fowler, Kohlberg, Maslow, and Piaget. I discovered Wilber in the early aughts, when I read A Theory of Everything and quickly thereafter Integral Psychology and, because of Wilber's connection to it, Spiral Dynamics. I've read a few of Wilber's other books, but I've kept up with the broad thrust of his thought online and see lots of great places to go with Wilber-5's Integral Postmetaphysics.
I've read through several of the threads here and hope to start interacting. Maybe it will help me sharpen my thoughts for my dissertation.