Bishop John Shelby Spong ~ June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021
Bishop Spong provided a much needed place for those of us who did not connect with traditional theology. We love you Bishop Spong. You will be missed! Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s, Morristown, NJ and at St. Paul’s, Richmond, VA. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are available

Spirit: The Seed of the Soul; Some Imaginative Ruminations

If we all have a soul, and that soul contains the image of God or God’s virtues and values, then our individual deaths are not the end of what is most important about us. It is shared by all.

And in that we reveal that which is most important in us to others, we inspire them to connect to that same sacred Spirit that binds us together. Their remembrance and mimicry of that Spirit of love, compassion, peace, kindness, gentleness, generosity, and self-giving that we displayed is resurrected in them, and therefore our essence outlives us, such that even when we die, what is nonessential about us returns to the earth and what is essential carries on and is reborn in others.

Our spirit is the seed of our soul that we sow every day of our lives. That seed, when it finds fertile soil in those whose lives we’ve touched, sprouts and grows and continues to be passed on to others. Though our bodies may be buried, our spirit is the seed that rises again and again.


Rev. Bret S. Myers
Easter 4/1/2018
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Waterloo, Iowa

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