You know the tyres on your car can be changed, don’t you?
If you ended up on the side of the road with a flat tyre, would you:
a. Leave the car there, assuming it is now beyond repair?
b. Change the tyre and keep on cruising?
The first answer seems kind of ludicrous.
But what if that’s how many of us have been taught to think about faith and spirituality?
Like you inherited your parents or your grandparents car. And for a while it was getting you around, and you were cruising with the windows down blasting a tape in the ancient cassette player and loving life.
But somewhere along the way you’d picked up the idea that you were supposed to drive this car, with this set of tyres and this ancient cassette player until the day you died.
So, when a tyre blew or the engine broke down or the cassette got jammed…instead of calmly anticipating this would happen and expecting the need for changes, upgrades and periodic maintenance…you may have felt like the best thing to do was just walk away from the site of the break-down.
Now at some point, this metaphor is going to break down as well.
Because sometimes cars do need writing off.
Sometimes engines do explode.
Sometimes it is best to walk away from the wreckage.
But, here’s the point:
If you’ve found yourself on the side of the road.
If you’ve felt like the thing doesn’t work like it used to.
If you’ve questioned whether the car even exists?
There’s a good chance you’ve felt a strange mix of liberation and isolation.
It can be liberating to rethink what you inherited.
But it can be isolating to find your thoughts drifting in a different direction to the community you’ve always felt at home in.
Shouldn’t you have the freedom to change the tyres, without getting left on the side of a road somewhere?
Shouldn’t you be able to have an evolving and growing faith, or even a faith in crisis, and still belong to a richly connected community?
We think this is a no brainer. A resounding yes.
But sadly, that hasn’t been everyone’s experience.
Some of us are still deeply spiritual. But we’ve become misfits .
If that’s you.
A spiritual misfit.
A wandering sheep.
A wounded ragamuffin.
A curious sceptic.
You’re not alone.
We’ve created this online space to let you know there are many of us here. We aren’t letting go of our faith, our tradition, our sense of belonging to a bigger spiritual story. We also aren’t going to stop our faith from evolving. From changing shape. From growing itself up. It’s a little unpredictable. A little scary at times. But you don’t have to do it alone.
If this resonates, we’d love you to join us here.
On the side of the road.
Changing the tyres.