Spiritual but not Religious: Chasing the Divine

Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference: January 26 - 28, 2010


Audio CDs now available for individual or complete lectures.


Streaming audio now available online for plenary lectures. 



Spiritual but not ReligiousEarl Lectures 2010 explored the increasingly popular phrase spiritual, but not religious. “Spiritual, but not religious” includes those who glean inspiration solely from nature and the physical world around them, as well as those who prefer to divorce themselves from institutional structures. The phrase also refers to some who are alienated from organized religion—refugees from a house of worship that has not accepted or affirmed them. “Spiritual but not religious” can also describe those who find church irrelevant or who prefer to worship in individual and private ways. 

What is the essential difference between spiritual and religious? What can religious institutions learn from those who claim to be one and not the other? And what kind of critique can those who call themselves “religious” be asking about the description “spiritual, but not religious“? Earl Lecturers included Matthew Fox, Scotty McLennan, Melissa Wilcox, and Donna Allen.

Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage ChoirLinda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir
Linda Tillery is a Grammy nominated vocalist, producer, arranger, and ethno-musicologist dedicated to the research, teaching, and performance of the great African American oral tradition of song, stick, and story--the ancestor of today’s American popular song. The Cultural Heritage Choir is a percussion-driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to help preserve and share the rich musical traditions of African American roots music. Their vocals are lush and vibrant, their performances are poignant and uplifting.  More information at http://berkeleyagency.com/html/chc.html

Lord Save Us from Your Followers:

Lord Save Us

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers

is a fast-paced, highly engaging documentary that explores the collision of faith and culture in America.  PSR has rights to show a special sneak preview, followed by a moderated discussion.

If you were to meet ten average Americans on the street, nine of them would say they believe in God. So why is the Gospel of Love dividing America?  Dan Merchant put on his bumper-sticker-clad jumpsuit and decided to find out why the Gospel of Love is dividing America. After talking with scores of men and women on streets all across the nation, and also interviewing many well-known active participants in today’s “Culture Wars,” Dan realized that the public discussion of faith doesn’t have to be contentious. More information at http://lordsaveusthemovie.com/.