As the University's "spiritual leader," Rev. Shaw provides "spiritual, religious, and ethical leadership to the [Stanford University] community," according to a University press release announcing her hiring last year.
Rev. Shaw is many things, as she notes in this video:
I don't think church is to be more churchy. I think the church is about how...
how you welcome many different kinds of constituencies--certainly not
convert them. Not even necessarily to do religion all of the time. (italics
Dr. Shaw sounds almost Francis-esque. The role of religion isn't to convert people or "do" religion" all of the time, only some of the time. Correctly understood that way, proselytism and conversion definitely have no place in church, especially a churchy church.
This churchy church has some spectacular stained glass windows. One set depicts the eight ages of a man's life. The Motley Monk's favorite is the "Age of the Schoolboy" who is creeping unwillingly to school. Isn't that the truth? What guy wouldn't rather be outside and playing ball, biking, golfing, playing tennis, swimming, or doing a whole host of other things than poring over the books?
"You who are young see now your dream" the window behooves young schoolboys of a previously unpoiltically correct era.
I think the great crisis of our day is climate change and the environment.
So I rather hope that more people would take that seriously and begin
to think and reflect on what they are doing with their own lives and how
they can gring some pressure to bear to change things.
That, too, may be very Francis-esque. We'll just have to wait to see what he writes in his upcoming encyclical on the environment.
But, it must be asked:
- Has not the Gospel of Climate Change spawned a dogmatic religion?
- Are not its adherents bringing their gospel to the ends of the earth in hopes of proselytizing and converting everyone?
Hmmm...something just isn't clicking here.
Let the discussion begin...
To read The Palo Alto Weekly interview, click on the following link: