Mainline Protestant seminaries and congregations are introducing a growing variety of spiritual practices. However, few are yet comfortable discussing the experiences of God that occur within and outside of these practices. Instead, these encounters are often explained away.
Many people would be surprised to learn that John Calvin, the founder of the Reformed branch of Protestantism, believed that mystical union with Christ was of utmost importance – union in our individual hearts and the hearts of faith communities.
In fact, denominations within the Reformed tradition, of which the United Church of Canada is a part, have a rich history and theology of Reformed spirituality to be retrieved and further developed.