For those wanting to explore more the concepts of faith shift and reshaping faith, Richard Rohr is a helpful resource. Rohr talks about an expansive, gracious way of doing faith in what he refers to as the “second half of life.” His book, Falling Upward: A spirituality for the two halves of life, expresses well what he means by this, and I’d recommend it for anyone interested in hearing a slightly different perspective and/or learning more about anything related to faith shifting.
“In the first half of life, we are naturally and rightly preoccupied with establishing our identity—climbing, achieving, and performing. But those concerns will not serve us as we grow older and begin to embark on a further journey, one that involves challenges, mistakes, loss of control, broader horizons, and necessary suffering that actually shocks us out of our prior comfort zone. Eventually, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way.
This message of “falling down”—that is in fact moving upward—is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world’s religions, including and most especially Christianity. Drawing on the wisdom from time-honored myths, heroic poems, great thinkers, and sacred religious texts, Richard Rohr offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life’s mysteries: how the heartbreaks, disappointments, and first loves of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store for us.”
You can also hear more from Richard Rohr by visiting the website or signing up for his daily meditations.