Indicators of the Postmodern Constructions of Religion and Spirituality - FAKKIR

Indicators of the Postmodern Constructions of Religion and Spirituality

FAKKIR.XYZ | JURNAL – I arrived in 1990 as a priest in the parish of Port Melbourne. I followed a priest whom the parish had unsuccessfully tried to starve out. By any assessment the parish was stripped of the normal assets that allow a mainline church to function. Many of the buildings were beyond repair. On a rainy day with the wind in the right direction you needed an umbrella to stay dry inside the church building. There were only a handful of active parishioners left. There was no stipend available therefore I had to supplement my income from other sources. The treasurer had committed suicide just prior to my arrival.

In the following years the parish was revitalised. A new form of christian religious community emerged very different from anything preceding it. The community consisted of three sets of people. There was group simply looking for Christian church to express their Christian identity. Another group had limited or no previous ongoing exposure to Christian formation and had taken on the moniker of Christian, aware in a minimal sense for what they had signed on for. The other group had an over abundance of christian cultivation and was looking to deconstruct this experience as they headed in a postchristian understanding of their religious identity.

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