Sunday Inspiration: God is not a Christian

god is not a christian

God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist.
All of those are human systems which human beings have created
to try to help us walk into the mystery of God.
I honor my tradition, I walk through my tradition,
but I don’t think my tradition defines God,
I think it only points me to God.

― Bishop John Shelby Spong, (1931-2021)

Rest in Peace


  1. Nancy Lepri on September 19, 2021 at 8:31 am


  2. Kate C on September 19, 2021 at 9:03 am

    I had the good fortune of hearing John Shelby Spong. What a wonderful message of radical nclusion.

  3. Linda P on September 19, 2021 at 9:40 am


  4. Emilie Richards on September 19, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Bishop Spong was a guest speaker here at Chautauqua Institution when he had a new book and I heard three weeks of lectures over the years. He was such a favorite that people would put chairs on the grass in every available spot, across streets, on lawns. I was blessed to hear his last public lecture, which was here in 2018. I never tired of him. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Pat Kennedy on September 19, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    After reading this several times today, my thoughts are that these are wise and wonderful and beautiful words.
    I wish everyone would read them, and heed them.

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