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When one religion isn’t enough: a Presbyterian minister and practicing Buddhist shares what it means to be spiritually fluid




A Picture taken on April 27, 2016 shows the symbols of the three monotheistic religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, on the front of an Arab Jewish centre in the northern port city of Haifa.
A Picture taken on April 27, 2016 shows the symbols of the three monotheistic religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, on the front of an Arab Jewish centre in the northern port city of Haifa.
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To many in the religious community, spiritually fluid people can be a source of frustration.

How can someone follow more than one religion? Are they confused? Do they have commitment issues? Is there a space for them to belong at all?

Duane R. Bidwell, an ordained Presbyterian minister and practicing Buddhist, wants to answer those questions with his new book, “When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People.” He writes that sensitivity and authenticity, coupled with a deep understanding of colonization and social context of religions, can make for a richer spiritual experience that embraces multiplicity, especially as interfaith marriages and interfaith households increase in America.

Host Larry Mantle speaks with Bidwell about the making of the book, the challenges encountered and intriguing lessons learned.

If you have a spiritually fluid background, what has it meant for you? How has it shaped your life and experience with religion? Call us at 866-893-5722 to share your story or comment below.

Guest:

Duane R. Bidwell, professor of practical theology, spiritual care and counseling at Claremont School of Theology; he’s an ordained Presbyterian minister, practicing Buddhist and author of “When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People” (Beacon Press 2018)