I had a fun conversation a week or so ago with some of you who are trying to live out and offer what, here, we often call "Blue Ocean" faith (a mash-up of Stage 4 and centered-set--we have video explanations of both of them in the multimedia tab above). Having tried this for awhile, I asked the gang what need they saw this take on faith addressing. Was it addressing...misery in secular people? Meaninglessness? Maybe focusing on secular people at all in this question was a mistake. Maybe it addresses fundamental needs in us? What might those be?
As you'd expect, with a question both so basic and so deep, there was some hemming and hawing for a moment. But then I heard story after story of actual people who'd been profoundly helped by this--not least those of us on the call ourselves. But despite my best attempts to reduce the moral of each of the stories to a phrase that would answer the question I'd hazarded, it was quite hard to do. Many of the people in the stories were religious. Many were secular. And yet they were both helped in ways that, hearing their stories, seemed really compelling.
Which led to this thought. Maybe Blue Ocean Faith is best suited to help people in Stage 3 (again, forgive the jargon... but here is the video explanation below if you want it), whether religious or secular.
Which would explain why it had proven so helpful to, say, me. I came into faith from Stage 3--I was an atheist debater. And this stuff was profoundly helpful and healing. So I'm a case study of this hypothesis.
What do you think? What need does Blue Ocean Faith address?