From the author:
Anonymous Religion has been rattling around in my imagination and psyche for over a decade as an insight into personal resistance and simultaneous attraction to religion. I first thought of it as “Religion Anonymous,” a metaphor to separate religious faith from the damage and destruction institutional religion has wrought in too many lives, including my own. Through time, the metaphor has become a way to imagine common spirituality in creation that defies naming, hence Anonymous Religion, thus creating space for ideas and language that are too often not tolerated in traditional religious circles.
Anonymous Religion is not a denial of God, or whatever name we may use to identify ultimate reality. Quite the contrary, Anonymous Religion holds the divine in such high esteem that it resists the temptation to reduce eternal mystery by defining it solely as any single form among the many forms it takes. Neither is Anonymous Religion a call for anyone to abandon a particular practice of faith, but rather an invitation to explore faith in ways that broaden and deepen it by interacting with different understandings and practices of eternal mystery.
What is Anonymous Religion?
Anonymous Religion is asking the question: What does your spirituality (and/or faith) feel like, sound like, and look like outside the confines of your respective religion?
Anonymous Religion is an experiential journey, a pilgrimage of process and perspective grounded in life experiences that releases the certitude of named religion in order to discover and explore the possibility and potential of un-named religious spirituality.
Anonymous Religion is claiming independence from “religion as usual”, and instead proclaiming interdependence with a presence that is ultimately un-nameable; a primal religious and spiritual presence that because it resists being named, is therefore anonymous. – From the essay, “Losing My Religion”
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