As a youth in West Virginia, Steve decided to become a minister just like the one at the Baptist church his family attended. That began his journey through the ministry, first from conservative to liberal Christianity, then to Unitarian Universalism.
In addition to his journey, Steve discusses his own theology, which he tags as panentheism. We also touch UU theology — perhaps an oxymoron — which leads to two of the most prominent UU theologians of the past 70 years, James Luther Adams and Forrest Church.
Our theme music is Floating Souls, composed and performed by Ambrish and made available royalty-free thanks to Music Alley from Mevio. The chalice artwork was created by Inga Johannesen, of the UU Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
If you’d like to explore some of the topics touched upon during my conversation with Steve, check out these resources:
- A brief biography of James Luther Adams
- Forrest Church’s website
- A profile of Marcus Borg, biblical scholar and progressive Christian theologian. Read Marcus Borg’s blog.
- Wikipedia description of panentheism
- Wikipedia’s treatment of Alan Ginsberg’s “Howl”