What we're about

Simple Praxis is all about engaging in meaningful conversations around timely spiritual topics. We're here to be supportive of people who are on a journey out of a very narrow religious paradigm they’ve left behind and who want to find new meaning in their quest to follow Jesus and live compassionately in the world as people of faith.

Some topical jumping off points:

* The “Nones and the Dones” (post-church or no-church spiritualism)
* Post-Evangelicalism in America (aka "exvangelical")
* A focus on progressive/contemplative frameworks for understanding the Bible
* Finding our voice in articulating a faith-based expression of politics that is anti-fascist, pro-immigrant, and committed to diversity
* Other dangerous ideas fundamentalists don't like 😉

This is a safe space to articulate your hopes and dreams, your fears and doubts, and your vision of a better tomorrow. By loving and encouraging one another, we hope to bring about real change in American religious dialogue.

➡️ Who's behind this?

Hi, I'm Jared. 👋 I'm a writer, web designer, and blogger. I first came to know Christ at the tender age of 5. Now, over thirty years later, I'm still grappling and wrestling with what it means to know Christ and follow him as Lord.

In the past, I've led Bible studies, launched small groups, played in worship bands, and hosted organic church gatherings over the years. Now I'm keenly aware of the dark days we find ourselves in with a U.S. President who claims Christ and yet routinely does the exact opposite of what Jesus would do. How did we get here? How do we move forward? These are questions that haunt me every day. I hope to find meaning and solidarity with others as we strive to reimagine faith and community in the 21st century.

Upcoming events (2)

Deconstructing…Coffee

Ava Rosteria

Trying something new! I'll be hanging out every week at a coffee shop around Hillsboro or Beaverton, and you can come and talk about…faith and politics! 😄 All the subjects you were warned to keep to yourself in polite company (wink). OK, I'm being facetious, but the point is if you're on a spiritual journey and need a listening ear and some "progressive" solidarity as you figure out life, the universe, and everything—I'm here for you. If you're trying to contemplate topic ideas, check out our meetup's About page. There's also plenty of fodder on Twitter (#exvangelical) to keep us busy. 😉 Looking forward to seeing you! -Jared

Deconstructing…Coffee

Insomnia Coffee

Trying something new! I'll be hanging out every week at a coffee shop around Hillsboro or Beaverton, and you can come and talk about…faith and politics! 😄 All the subjects you were warned to keep to yourself in polite company (wink). OK, I'm being facetious, but the point is if you're on a spiritual journey and need a listening ear and some "progressive" solidarity as you figure out life, the universe, and everything—I'm here for you. If you're trying to contemplate topic ideas, check out our meetup's About page. There's also plenty of fodder on Twitter (#exvangelical) to keep us busy. 😉 Looking forward to seeing you! -Jared

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