I often go into Church buildings. They are usually calm, tranquil environments in which to reflect and/or meet and relate to other people - a social and spiritual space. Here can be found God and prayer. I spend significantly more time in other spaces and buildings which would be classified as 'secular'. They can also be peaceful and calm places to reflect and meet other people - a place to explore both oneself and others. Here can be found God and prayer and in this context I would also classify them as 'spiritual' places...
It took about forty years to realise that 'designated' Church buildings had no more (or less) spirituality than other spaces I frequented in life; indeed, in terms of exposure to goodness, I was far more likely to find this outside a designated place of faith. This simple, but also profound realisation, led me to question other assumptions and impressions I had been fed (mainly by established Church institutions) of what 'faith', 'belief' and in its wider sense 'Christianity' really looked like. I therefore set out on a journey to discover how living the message of Christ could be more meaningfully expressed in my day to day life and work.
Some thoughts and questions I ask myself and may be also of assistance to others with a feral instinct: