About five years ago, I met an Episcopalian priest for coffee. I was a newly ordained Interfaith Minister back then, curious to learn more about the world’s religions. I couldn’t think of a better way than to meet people of all faiths in person, especially because lived religion tends to be different from what I’ve read in books.
She asked me to meet her at a cozy Summer Moon cafe in south Austin. We talked about ministry, the state of religion, interfaith efforts, and our personal stories. About halfway through the conversation, the topic of interspirituality came up.
I told her how I understood the difference between interfaith and interspirituality; that one was meant to improve relations between faith groups, whereas the other was for a select few who wanted to explore their spirituality through two or more of the wisdom traditions.