I seek to lay out an approach to God that dismisses the classical notions of God as eternally unchanging in perfection, all powerful and knowing, and impersonal. Instead, I present a doctrine of God’s nature that is panentheistic; declaring God “known as unknown,” “The Beloved Secret,” whose perfected nature is defined as love and compassion, transformation and growth, relational and liberative. O>D
god; the deeply relational
Can I see another's woe,
And not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another's grief,
And not seek for kind relief?
Can I see a falling tear,
And not feel my sorrow's share?
Can a father see his child
Weep, nor be with sorrow filled?
Can a mother sit and hear
An infant groan, an infant fear?
No, no! never can it be!
Never, never can it be!
And can He who smiles on all
Hear the wren with sorrows small,
Hear the small bird's grief and care,
Hear the woes that infants bear,
And not sit beside the nest,
Pouring pity in their breast,
And not sit the cradle near,
Weeping tear on infant's tear?
And not sit both night and day,
Wiping all our tears away?
O no! never can it be!
Never, never can it be!
He doth give His joy to all;
He becomes an infant small;
He becomes a man of woe;
He doth feel the sorrow too.
Think not thou canst sigh a sigh;
And thy Maker is not by;
Think not thou canst weep a tear,
And thy Maker is not near.
O He gives to us His joy
That our grief He may destroy;
Till our grief is fled and gone
He doth sit by us and moan.
god; in which all things reside
“Panentheism” is a constructed word composed of the English equivalents of the Greek terms “pan”, meaning all, “en”, meaning in, and “theism”, meaning God. Panentheism considers God and the world to be inter-related with the world being in God and God being in the world. " Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
God; the perfected in change
Process theology takes a very different approach (from that of the classical notions of perfection being changeless and change being inferior), affirming the primacy of love, transformation, and growth as essential to understanding God's nature." Bruce Epperly, Process Theololgy: A Guide for the Perplexed
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." Winston Churchill
God; The Transgendered
God, in whose image both male and female are made, is beyond gender or comprises aspects of female and male. God, in this sense, is transgender. Imagining God as transgender is both biblically accurate and theologically sound. " Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
God; the subject
god; the liberator
“The God of Exodus is the God of history and of political liberation more than he is the God of nature.” Gustavo Gutierrez, A Theology of Liberation