Welcome to the Bishop Craig Website!
We live in times of great spiritual change. The truth is that every form of institutional Christianity is on the decline in terms of membership, and that less that twenty percent of Americans are in church on a regular basis. Projections are that in another ten years that number will have decreased to ten percent, largely because nearly half of the people currently in church will have died and they will not be replaced. While it is true that Islam and Buddhism are growing, the fastest growing group of people in the West are those who do not identify with any form of institutional religion.
Craig’s personal spirituality is not an exception to this trend. In addition to his journey as a Christian priest and bishop, Craig started studying Buddhism in 2000 and Hinduism a few years later. In 2003 he was one of the co-founders of The Universal Anglican Church (The UAC), which began as an alternative denomination emphasizing the full inclusion of all people in the life of the Church, the importance of social justice, and a way of serving people that seeks to meet their needs where and how they exist. Over the last twelve years, The UAC has evolved into a pioneering denomination in Interspirituality, which might be described as the idea that one’s spiritual journey is tremendously enhanced by the study of at least one other tradition than the tradition a person grew up with.
Not surprisingly, these values have carried forward into everything does, from the spiritual gatherings he hosts on Sunday afternoons to his wedding ministry. The result is a holistic collection of teachings and services which respects everyone’s beliefs and seeks to meet them wherever they are on the spiritual journey we call life. We invite you to explore these pages and contact Craig directly if he can be of service in any way!
A New Way
What if there was a new way to look at life that is really rooted in some very ancient traditions and wisdom but translated and adapted in a way that made sense for living in today’s world? What if spiritual questions were not just allowed but encouraged and if spiritual teaching was done in a way that wasn’t like answers being given from an authority figure but rather questions and their solutions being explored with a trusted spiritual guide? Imagine what might happen if we could learn to cope with the changes and chances of life without getting derailed! Imagine if someone actually recognized our inherent goodness instead of trying to guilt us into doing something! Imagine if we learned to connect with our own inherent wisdom! How good would that feel?
There is a Way!
The way is called RHIMES – Radically Inclusive, Heart Centered, Interspiritual, Meditative, Engaged Spirituality. RHIMES draws from the best of all the great historic spiritual traditions, seeking the commonalities they share – the teachings which represent what is sometimes called the Primordial Tradition, truths which touch the very essence of what it is to be human. We also learn to slow down a bit, to go from barely coping with the pace of contemporary life to mastering it. We move from feeling we will never catch up with the break-neck pace of contemporary life to seeing things as they really are by learning to step back and not get hooked by appeals to our emotions, history, and woundedness. We can take our lives back and become the centered, compassionate, loving individuals we were born to be. The way is through spiritual practice and working with our minds to learn where we get caught up in the drama and adventure that seems to surround us at every turn. The truth is we do have a choice, we don’t have to feel tossed about like a leaf on high seas. We can become the masters of our own lives again! Craig’s teachings are practical applications of great spiritual and psychological truths that respect your beliefs, life experience, spiritual and religious traditions (if any), and your life circumstance. The truth is that human beings are inherently good, not inherently broken. We simply lose sight of that truth due to the grind and stress of daily life. We can overcome anything and grow into the fullness of our potential. What an exciting and liberating truth! We invite you to explore this website. There is more coming all the time! We are working on a special members area for those of you who would like to explore Craig’s teaching in greater depth, including individual spiritual teachings and guidance either in person or via Skype. We also invite you to subscribe to Craig’s free newsletter by clicking here!