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NOURISH

Nourish – is a Grand Rapids area experiment in organic, diverse, authentic community. Gregory is a cofounder and lead facilitator

Nourish aims to revive a version of the tradition of the Salon – ongoing intellectual and social gatherings aimed at discussion, friendship, and community building.

Our activities revolve around three things:

Nourishing the Mind – we discuss ideas, read books and articles together, and engage the issues of culture, religion, politics, and the local community.

Nourishing the Body – food is always involved whether it’s a group dinner or just appetizers and drinks while we talk.

Nourishing Friendships – we socialize, meet new people, and become friends.

Nourish provides a forum for exploring themes of meaning from diverse perspectives, while also having fun and getting to know one another. We’re committed to keeping things simplemeaningful, and welcoming.

SPIRTUALITY

Gregory’s Christianity is progressively orthodox, Anglo-Catholic in form, and Anglo-Celtic in flavor. It revolves around the conviction that there is tremendous value in the teaching and witness of Jesus and wisdom to be gleaned from the Christian tradition, but that both must be revisioned according to evidential theology and modern sensibilities.

Read more about Gregory’s theological and spiritual influences.

ACADEMIC INTERESTS

Author, blogger, and teacher, and a former university professor, Gregory is engaged with several academic organizations committed to promoting rational and humane forms of spirituality, including Christian Humanism.

An Anglican, he attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal parish.

He’s a member and theological consultant for Anglicans for Life and Modern Church.

He’s an associate scholar member of the Westar Institute and affiliated with the Progressive Christian Alliance and the Northumbria and Lindisfarne communities.

He serves on the governing council for the Spiritual Naturalist Society, where he is also a featured writer.

His areas of interest include social philosophy, personalism and philosophy of the human person, virtue and natural law ethics, the intellectual history of Western culture, humanism, cultural criticism, naturalism and epistemology, and political economy.

Gregory is also active as a Narrative Therapist and spiritual director, helping clients throughout West Michigan.

THEOLOGY - CHRISTIAN HUMANISM

Gregory has been exploring and developing a Christian Humanism – a manner of theology and practice that affirms the compatibility of rational inquiry and the sciences with the teachings of Christianity.

Western culture has entered a post-secular, post-Christian period. Various intellectual trends formed during the Enlightenment have secularized the culture, particularly naturalism. Most of Christian theology has not risen to the occasion, choosing to cling to outdated methods and thinking, rather than properly respond to the challenge by updating its intellectual foundations to align with the postmodern, scientific worldview.

New forms of Christian humanism must emerge, centered in a renewed understanding of Jesus’ teachings, that affirm human dignity, freedom, individual conscience, while allowing rational inquiry, historical methods, and science to provide more tenable intellectual foundations for the teachings of Christianity.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

– Steve Jobs
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