Ray S. Anderson relates a conversation he had early in his ministry with a congregant who told him that “it was easy to agree to the omnipotence of God – that [God] could do everything – but what was of more immediate concern was whether God could do anything in particular. If it is important to know and believe that God is omnipresent – that [God] is everywhere present – one could readily assent, but what one really longed for was to discover God present in the small space of one’s personal life.” (1)
It is my deep conviction that any theology that does not help people to experience transformative encounters with God is a worthless theology. It is my theory – based on both personal experience and on the observation of attendees of the annual Haden Institute Summer Dream and Spirituality Conference held in Hendersonville, NC – that one can come to be aware of God’s presence and transformative work in one’s life through working with one’s dreams.
My work focuses on writing and teaching about how individuals can use dream work as a spiritual practice for authentic living, navigation through life, and experiencing transformation.
(1) Ray S. Anderson, The Shape of Practical Theology: Empowering Ministry with Theological Praxis, Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2001, 12.