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A ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Democrat Speaks

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By Dan Gilgoff, re-printed from usnews.com You don’t often hear American politicians who hail from the burgeoning “spiritual but not religious” demographic discuss their beliefs, but Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s did yesterday on National Public Radio. Here’s what the two-term Democrat said: I must admit, I may not be as religious but I’m very spiritual—and […]

A ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Democrat Speaks

By Dan Gilgoff, re-printed from usnews.com

You don’t often hear American politicians who hail from the burgeoning “spiritual but not religious” demographic discuss their beliefs, but Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s did yesterday on National Public Radio. Here’s what the two-term Democrat said:

I must admit, I may not be as religious but I’m very spiritual—and I believe if there is a God, this is where he lives. He’s on the river, he’s in the mountains—this is what it’s all about.

I would be interested to hear from believers if this take on God is compatible with their own views, or whether it hews closer to nature worship. Spiritual but not religious folks: What do you think?

read more and listen to the interview on NPR.org

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4 Responses to “A ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Democrat Speaks”

  1. Crystal Chumley-Jarvis
    November 12, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    It’s so refreshing to hear this. I believe that “God” is the peaceful energy that causes the forces of the earth to move and continue on…the wind blowing through the trees, the clouds moving to reveal the sun, the waves rushing onto the shore. If “God” possesses any human qualities it is the ability to inspire. When I witness these forces of nature I feel renewed and ready to forge ahead and do good.

  2. shelley
    November 13, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    I’d love to hear more politicians speak this way. Crystal’s comments echo my own.

  3. Rick Krebs
    November 15, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    It’s not “worship” – it’s “awareness”!

  4. Susan Trittin
    November 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    A dear friend of mine once said, as we walked the Indiana Dunes St. Park, collecting trash from the shore of Lake Michigan, gesturing by hand at the dunes and trees to our S.E., “This is church to me”. I feel I am near my higher power while in awe of nature.

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