Thank you for visiting Permission to Speak, an inclusive and progressive ministry that explores an emerging new consciousness and understanding of spirituality freed from the old ideas of a supernatural 'god Being' somewhere 'out there' that belongs exclusively to one religion or another.

Karl Rahner [1904-1984] was a progressive Christian theologian who introduced the name the 'Infinite Mystery'. The Infinite Mystery is real but no person and no religion can capture it. All we can do is look through that dark glass mentioned by the Apostle Paul and catch a fleeting glimpse. All individual sacred experiences and all religions are but explanations of those dark glass glimpses.  

Although my starting point is that Rabbi Jesus of Nazareth is my gateway - my 'dark glass glimpse' of the Infinite Mystery, I respect and honour those who have found other gateways. The past in different faith traditions is important in understanding how we have arrived at the present, but I am more concerned with living in today's world than with tradition. I do not want to simply create clones of my explanations of my sacred experiences but I encourage each of us to take responsibility for our own faith journeys.

When preaching or delivering seminars in progressive churches and faith communities I speak as a non-theist progressive follower of the way of Rabbi Jesus of Nazareth as I understand it. However, out of respect for other understandings, in those churches that are not as open to the 'new' Rabbi Jesus story I concentrate upon the compassionate, sacrificial, social justice agenda of Jesus.

Namaste!

John Churcher

September 2016