from “Religio” –> to bind together
It is not that we do not need religion, but that religions have ceased, for many, to be particularly “religious” (that is, adequately binding).
All spirit (from “spirare”, that is, breath) has escaped so much of religiosity, leaving too many crushed and suffocated under the weight of orthodoxy, violence and oppression.
We still need religion, but it may not look like our so-called religions, whether or not it may share the name…
We still need places where where we breathe life into one another as communities of meaning and practice. Perhaps religiosity has become unbound from institutions that hold certainty, perhaps to be found rebonded to good friends, of all temperaments and from all places, who share a curiosity in the seeking, with whom we may share life in the search.
I post here a quick reflection, an informal reflection of a conversation had between 6 of us on Sunday 26th June, when Trish Nowland had invited us to discuss the (ongoing) formation and consolidation of Integral Down Under (IDU), canvassing ideas and reflections for what this “is” or could be.
Sue kindly took a screen shot of our conversation, which I now reflect here.
I am the militant Asian nerd on the Southwestern-most corner of the pic. Moving clockwise, above me is Keith Price, followed by John O’Neill. To John’s right is Sue Stack (who has provided the screenshot above). Below Sue is Trish Nowland, founder and catalyst for IDU, and lastly, on the Southeastern-most corner is Dave Sainsbury.
It was only quite belatedly into the conversation that we reflected that it could actually be a good idea to post some reflections on this conversation as a contribution to the wordpress itself.
[[Sketches of thoughts discussed]]