Pastor's Conference 2014: Session II – Why the Church Should Support Movement Beyond Belief (Margaret Placentra Johnston)
Session II – Why the Church Should Support Movement Beyond Belief
Numerous factors in today’s world detract from literal religious messages, many of which seem increasingly improbable in our modern – but quickly becoming post-modern - society. But great hope may be found for traditions and churches that allow for, or even promote, the unitive and values-based faith that development theorists tell us can arise on the far side of doubt and questioning. This session will present a rationale for accommodating, if not encouraging, faith exploration among our congregants.
As a practicing Optometrist Dr. Margaret Placentra Johnston has spent the last three decades helping people see better in the physical world. But now she is on a new mission to offer clearer vision of a different sort: a broader perspective about religion and spirituality than what the conventional world typically recognizes. Her book, Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind, was named the GOLD WINNER of the 2013 Nautilus Book Award in Religion/spirituality.
Dr. Johnston holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) degree in Education from the Catholic University of America; a Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She offers courses and speaks to groups on spiritual development. Margaret has two grown sons and lives with her husband in Northern Virginia.