SPIRITUAL BLOG

Hear the words of Dr. McKay, participants of spiritual teams and others who shared their transforming God experiences.

STORIES OF SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION

We meet God in the most unlikely places.  After all, God’s other name is Surprise!

OUR RESEARCH

Over 1,900 questionnaires, written specifically for this project by Dr. McKay, have been completed and processed at Johns Hopkins Center for Learning and Health and analyzed at the University of Pennsylvania. The study became an international study when presented to the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre at Westminster College at Oxford University, U.K.

SPIRIT BLOG

Click on any of the stories below to read the words from our founder and those who have shared their God gifts with others.

On Healing, Headaches, Feeling Better and Finding God

Our extensive research study on Spiritual life in mainstream interfaith congregations contained both quantitative and qualitative questions about spiritual life.  The results of our analysis of the quantitative data revealed three critical findings:
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Praying With Mind, Spirit and Body: It Will Change Your Life!

I have the privilege of being the grandparent of an incredible granddaughter, Shannon, who is deaf, and her husband, Brent, who is also incredible and deaf. And the richness of their lives and the deaf community we have met through them have changed our lives entirely
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New Prayers, New Spirit

At most churches, prayer is a pretty standard experience. We have certain prayers we say at different times in the worship service.  We generally pray before and sometimes after a meeting. We pray when someone is ill and needs our prayers. We pray when there is an emergency and we know that prayer is our most direct line to God’s Presence.
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Men & God: A Beginning Inquiry into Male Spiritual Life in a Small Group Setting: Part I

Over the fifty years of my ministry, I’ve encountered questions about gender differences when talking about spiritual life, often including statements about men not being as spiritual as women. I’ve always thought that men and women had different spiritual lives, not defined as more or better.
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Love is Where You Find It: The power of Love in Spiritual Life

Designing a research study to understand spiritual life in mainstream, interfaith congregations called for an approach that would reach a variety of people from different backgrounds, educational opportunities, interests and abilities who shared an interest in spiritual life.
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MEN & GOD: A Beginning Inquiry into Male Spiritual Life in a Small Group Setting - Part II

MEN & GOD: An Inquiry Into Male Spiritual Life In A Small Group Setting: Part II This is the final post in the two-part series: Men and God. You may review part one here. The participants in this inquiry were members of two churches: A large church in the northern…
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Ministry is Always Complicated. But You May be Surprised by What People Say They Really Want From Their Minister!

MINISTRY IS ALWAYS COMPLICATED, BUT YOU MAY BE SUPRISED BY WHAT PEOPLE SAY THEY REALLY WANT FROM THEIR MINISTER! t most churches, prayer is a pretty standard experience. We have certain prayers we say at different times in the worship service. We generally pray…
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The Amazing and Unexpected Power of Prayer

THE AMAZING AND UNEXPECTED POWER OF PRAYER Sometimes, God simply walks into your life and says, “Surprise!” It was on one of those occasions that I found myself asking a question. “What happens to people who pray for other people?” Does anything happen to ME when I’m…
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Spiritual Life in the Aging Process: The New Spiritual Frontier – Part I

SPIRITUAL LIFE IN THE AGING PROCESS: THE NEW SPIRITUAL FRONTIER – PART I Introduction: Old Age is coming of age as our Baby Boomers enter old age. Now in their middle 50’s to their early 70’s, this illustrious group of post World War II babies are facing the realities…
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Spiritual Life in the Aging Process: The New Spiritual Frontier: Part II

SPIRITUAL LIFE IN THE AGING PROCESS: THE NEW SPIRITUAL FRONTIER: PART II We began our extended study of spiritual life after sixty when people in our original study described fewer God experiences in their later years. We wondered why. As we met with a variety of…
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Spiritual Life in the UCC & Beyond

This original study of Spiritual Life in the UCC raises two questions: (1) What are the words you associate to the words Spiritual Healing? (2) What are the stories you tell in relation to your understanding of Spiritual Healing? One Hundred UCC churches were chosen…
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Building Spiritual Life Teams: A Program For Lay Spiritual Leadership In Your Church That ALWAYS Works!

Imagine this picture in your church: Six to eight lay people sitting around a table. One member of the group reaches out her hands to the member on either side and says: “Who wants to start?”- an automatic signal to begin our Spiritual Life Team meeting with a spoken-out-loud prayer from every member of the group.
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Trust: The Critical Entrance into the Sacred World of Adolescent Spirituality

TRUST: THE CRITICAL ENTRANCE IINTO THE SACRED WORLD OF ADOLESCENT SPIRITUALITY After completing our study of Spiritual Life in mainstream Interfaith traditions, we had a range of participants from their mid-twenties to late sixties but were missing a younger…
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DISCOVER GOD – SHARE THE GIFT – CHANGE YOUR LIFE – CHANGE THE WORLD

DISCOVER GOD: 
Let God become REAL in your life – not an intellectual understanding or an emotional support but entirely real, experienced, known, a constant presence; available 24/7, a felt reality, never separated.

SHARE THE GIFT:
Talk about God to anyone… everyone… friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, strangers!  (I talk to my Uber drivers all the time about God and they get it.)

CHANGE YOUR LIFE: 
Let God become an essential/necessary part of your life.  24/7, never absent, available every second of every day, start and end the day with God as a presence with you and you will will find yourself becoming more loving, more attentive, more attentive to others, more open to learning more about God from other people and from your experiences.

People in my study said they became less angry, lived more in the present rather than the past or the future and most significantly, they “felt better”… undefined better but real.

CHANGE THE WORLD: 
God is not a secret relationship. Find a way to talk about God first to people you think will be receptive, and then anywhere!  When God is real for you, God will become real to anyone you come in contact with. 

As your behavior changes – and it will, because you are now connected go God, people will see you differently.  Look at your own experiences now shared when God became real to you. How have you changed?  What’s different about you and your life?  What’s different about your relationships with others?

That’s where we can help make God real for others because God has become more real to you.

God is the most powerful source for change in the world. (It beats psychology every time! Spoken by a licensed psychologist, Reverend Bobbie McKay, Phd.)