The word and practice of religion raises some serious questions and doubts for many. A faith-based approach often leaves people wondering why bother when there are really no truly satisfying answers when it comes to questions like these. Throughout history we are reminded of how often religion has been used as a weapon to divide, oppress and conquer others.
Today’s Face2Face guest is out to change that understanding with a new approach -- by talking about and focusing on grace, justice and how putting the poor and excluded at the centre of communities is essential to recapturing what it means to be religious. Greg Paul and David Peck talk about weapons of love, bad, crazy, vicious religion, belief, and the politics of fear, vulnerability, oppression, exclusion and the enormous problem of faith.
Greg Paul is a pastor and member, as well as the founder, of the Sanctuary Community in Toronto. Sanctuary, a community in which people who are wealthy and people who are poor live, work and share their experiences and resources on a daily basis, makes a priority of welcoming and caring for some of the most hurting and excluded people in Canada’s largest city, including people struggling with addiction, mental illness, prostitution, and homelessness.
Greg is the author of the recently released Resurrecting Religion and several other award-winning books: Simply Open; Close Enough to Hear God Breathe; The Twenty-Piece Shuffle; and God In The Alley. He is the father of four children, and married to Maggie, who has three children of her own.
Image Copyright: Greg Paul. Used with permission.
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