Why a church of metaphor?
For most of my adult life, I’ve written fiction and I’ve tried to understand my dreams. The deeper I’ve delved into both of these pursuits, the more each one became a spiritual practice, in that I’ve tried to understand the workings of the world, my role in it, and why I am called so strongly to create. In addition, I came to realize that both fiction and dreams speak in the language of metaphor. Having never found a spiritual home in religious organizations, I found it instead in dream work circles. So when a group of friends discussed the problems of starting a church, the idea of a Church of Metaphor took root. Not a bricks and mortar church, but a gathering place to share all of the things that inspire me.
My goal is to provide inspiration, insights, laughter, and understanding. I recognize that all creative endeavors connect us to the greater creative force in the universe, and in particular, dreams and the arts speak divine secrets in the language of metaphor. Please enjoy and contribute if you’re so inspired.
In terms of a statement of principles, I agree with the Unitarian Universalists, who offer these seven tenets:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
In addition, I believe that the pursuit of conscious awareness is the key to spiritual growth. By trying to understand my own patterns of behavior and by questioning my long-held beliefs, I make progress toward being a more compassionate person, both toward myself and the world.
I hope you find something here that touches your spirit.
Laura K. Deal