LTRP Note: Simpson University in Redding California (part of Christian Missionary Alliance) is just one of countless Christian schools that has gone into the contemplative/emerging camp. Please see our links below this article for more information.
The Slate – Redding, California
Several students have collaborated with Simpson University to form a more contemplation-based chapel experience.
“Alternative Chapel,” as it has been dubbed, is still in the experimental stages of development, and currently exists as a discussion-based small group with 10-20 participants.
According to their mission statement, their goal is the cultivation of “meaningful philosophical and theological dialogue, with a view to both academic and spiritual development.”
Brândon Williams, the creator and facilitator of the group, said that some students want a more contemplative atmosphere on campus.
“The more contemplative component is something that I felt was really lacking in the Chapel on campus,” he said. “There is actually quite a wide diversity of people here at Simpson, and a diversity of spiritual preferences, backgrounds and learning styles…that diversity would be better served in a more pluralistic approach to spiritual formation.” Click here to read more.
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