INTRODUCING Michael Morwood
Michael Morwood has over 40 years’ experience in retreat, education, parish and adult faith development ministries, and is well known in Progressive Christian movements in Australia and the USA.
Bishop John Shelby Spong wrote of him:
“Michael Morwood ... is raising the right and obvious questions that all Christians must face. In his response he provides fresh and perceptive possibilities for a modern and relevant faith.”
Michael’s particular interest is in helping adult Christians examine what they believe and why they believe it, what they imagine and why they imagine the way they do.
While articulating Christian faith in ways that resonate with contemporary understanding of our place in the universe, Michael is also concerned to shape an understanding of “God” and revelation that is not exclusive to any particular culture or religion. No group, no religion can validly claim to have exclusive access to God if God is the mysterious Presence sustaining everything in existence.
Michael’s speaking and writing have focused on the urgent need to shape Christian belief and practice in the understanding that the Divine Presence has always permeated everything that exists. Each of his books addresses this need in different ways. They include:
God Is Near. Understanding a Changing Church.
Tomorrow’s Catholic. Understanding God and Jesus in a New Millennium.
Is Jesus God? Finding Our Faith;
Praying a New Story;
From Sand to Solid Ground: Questions of Faith for Modern Christians;
Children Praying a New Story: A Resource for Parents, Grandparents and Teachers;
Faith, Hope and a Bird Called George. A Spiritual Fable
It’s Time. Challenges to the Doctrine of the Faith.
In Memory of Jesus.
In December 2010 he was a speaker in the Evolutionary Christianity series hosted by Michael Dowd, who invited listeners to: “join thirty-eight of today's most inspiring Christian leaders and esteemed scientists for a groundbreaking dialogue on how an evolutionary worldview can enrich your life, deepen your faith, and bless our world.”
In June 2011 he was a keynote speaker, with Miriam Therese Winter, on the theme of “Prayer” at the Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education in Truro, Canada.
In 2015 Michael will be the keynote speaker at the Federation of Christian Ministries Conference to be held in Cleveland.
In the past ten years Michael has worked with progressive Christian groups in 30 USA states, in most provinces in Canada, as well as in Ireland and England.
Click on this link for a 30 minute video of Michael speaking at Parliament House, Sydney, Australia, at a WATAC (Women and the Australian Church) gathering in 2012.
Themes in presentations, workshops and retreats include:
Articulating a 21st century Christian Spirituality.
Re-shaping Christian Thinking and Imagination.
God, Jesus, Prayer and Liturgy in a “New Story” of the Universe.
Spirituality Beyond Doctrinal Boundaries.
Jesus, revealer of the Divine in all people. Jesus, our story.