Starting this Fall, you’re going to be seeing a LOT of information about the Bethesda Center for Spirituality. What exactly is that?, you may ask. The answer is simple. It’s a place for people to find their way to God. We believe that God is at work in honest, relational, and experiential ways no matter where people are on their spiritual journey. Whether we are life-long Christians, newly baptized, or don’t identify as religious, God’s life-giving and life-changing power is active in each and every one of us.
The Bethesda Center for Spirituality (BCS) is here to reach out to every person looking to engage in their spiritual passion. I like to say that the BCS is engaged in “front porch” ministry, a beacon of light and healing to those inside and outside of our church community where people can form deep relationships, experience the power of God through actions and conversations, and do all of that in a judgment-free context where all are welcome. To that point, you’ll notice right away that our spiritual center logo is the angel at the Pool of Bethesda, a welcoming and healing presence for anyone seeking spiritual care.
So how does all this work? Well, it’s really very simple. There’s an easy path to meet everyone where they are in their spiritual life:
- The Way In – Groups for those new to Bethesda or spiritual seekers
- The Way Forward – Groups for existing members of Bethesda that engage the body, mind, and soul
- The Way Together – Special gatherings including Sunday forums, Middle Way spotlights, and spiritual retreats
Each of these stages of the journey allow us to learn from each other and expert guests in unique and supportive ways.
I hope that you’ll take a moment to check out all of our offerings at https://bbts.org/spiritual-center/. There you can learn more about the various groups that we’re offering and how to register, take a quick survey to see what way works best for you, and see our calendar of upcoming offerings. This is an exciting new chapter in the history of Bethesda and I can’t wait to get started. I hope that you’ll find your way at the new Bethesda Center for Spirituality and I look forward to helping you on your journey.
Bethesda Center for Spirituality, Director