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La Convivencia Adult Forum Presentation

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Pastor Keith and Jenny Anderson present on their upcoming sabbatical, inspired by La Convivencia, which explores religious identity

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La Convivencia Adult Forum Presentation

  1. 1. EXPLORING RELIGIOUS IDENTITIES La Convivencia Sabbatical
  2. 2. RUSSIAN DOLLS OF RELIGIOUS IDENTITY 1. Our interfaith family 2. History of Andalucia, Spain 3. American Religious Landscape
  3. 3. “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.’ -Genesis 12
  4. 4. LA CONVIVENCIA
  5. 5. “ It was there that the profoundly Arabized Jews rediscovered and reinvented Hebrew; there that Christians embraced nearly every aspect of Arabic style—from the intellectual style of philosophy to the architectural style of mosques—not only while living in Islamic dominations but especially after wresting political control from them; there that men of unshakable faith, like Abelard and Maimonides and Averroes, saw no contradiction in pursing the truth, whether philosophical or scientific or religious, across confessional lines. This vision of a culture of tolerance recognized that incongruity in the shaping of individuals as well as their cultures was enriching and productive. - Maria Rosa Menocal, The Ornament of the World
  6. 6. AL-ANDALUS TIMELINE ➤ Conquest (711–756) ➤ Muslims enter Spain 711 ➤ Abd al-Rahman arrives 755 ➤ The Umayyad Emirate of Córdoba (756–929) ➤ The Umayyad Caliphate (929–1031) ➤ Political fragmentation (1031–1130) ➤ Decline and submission to Christian rule (1130–1481) ➤ Castile-Aragón conquers the emirate of Granada (1481– 1491) ➤ Spanish Inquisition, Expulsion of Jews and Muslims (1492)
  7. 7. 756 Source: Historical Atlas of the Mediterranean
  8. 8. 940 Source: Historical Atlas of the Mediterranean
  9. 9. 1036 Source: Historical Atlas of the Mediterranean
  10. 10. 1162 Source: Historical Atlas of the Mediterranean
  11. 11. 1212 Source: Historical Atlas of the Mediterranean
  12. 12. 1265 Source: Historical Atlas of the Mediterranean
  13. 13. 1492 Source: Historical Atlas of the Mediterranean
  14. 14. DEPICTIONS OF ST. JAMES (SANTIAGO) Saint James the Moor SlayerSaint James the Pilgrim
  15. 15. Source: Pew Research Fact Tank: How religious is your state? (2016)
  16. 16. Source: Pew Research Fact Tank: How religious is your state? (2016)
  17. 17. Graphic by Kyle Oliver
  18. 18. “ “my experience studying…and observing others… made clear that spirituality and religion in American life could hardly be understood in all their diversity and richness by focusing exclusively on what happens in relation to churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples or the various administrative and educational institutions that support them. … even among Somes…exclusive participation in institutional religious groups is now becoming something of an ‘alternative’ religious practice itself in a world where more diversely resourced, everyday spiritualities become the norm.” -Elizabeth Drescher, Choosing Our Religion
  19. 19. CHARACTERISTICS OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICES OF NONES ➤ primarily relational, rather than either individualistic or institutional, highlighting interpersonal intimacy and connectedness. ➤ most often embedded in the experiences, locales, and temporalities of everyday life, rather than separate by time and space. ➤ embodied, sensate, and social more than cognitive, private, and interiorized. ➤ provisional and practical, changing on the basis of new experiences, resources, and life stages –Elizabeth Drescher, Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones
  20. 20. CHARACTERISTICS OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICES OF NONES ➤ drawing on diverse resources across religious, philosophical, and other wisdom traditions. ➤ dynamic over time while remaining coherent wthinin identity narratives. ➤ understood as transformational, highlighting personal growth and communal or societal change. ➤ highlight experiences of authenticity and connectedness in the present moment rather than future-oriented expectations –Elizabeth Drescher, Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones
  21. 21. 2014
  22. 22. SABBATICAL OUTCOMES ➤ How to support families with multiple religious identities ➤ How to create and maintain healthy and reciprocal relationships with other religious communities ➤ How to recognize and engage with non-traditional expressions of faith, religion, or spirituality ➤ How to create a welcoming community for people with a range of identities and practices

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