How are they different? Where do they overlap? How does Compass Rose bridge the gap?
Here is the definition of “religion” as defined by Webster:
:the service and worship of God or the supernatural
:the commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
:a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs and practices
Here is the definition of “spirituality” as defined by Webster:
:something that in ecclesiastical law belongs to the church or to a cleric as such
:sensitivity or attachment to religious values
:the quality or state of being spiritual
I hear people say all the time, “What religion are you?” They are asking if you are Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, etc. But in reality, those are just types of Christianity. “Religions” are Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism, to name a few. Most people will tell you they know what religion is, but very few people can really explain it to you. “Religion,” broken down, is a belief in doctrines, rules and laws.
When people talk about spirituality, they are typically talking about being connected to God, nature, others and the deepest part of us. Spiritually, we grow closer to God by spending time in his word. We can become closer to nature by spending time in nature. We connect spiritually with people by having common interests with, serving, helping or providing for others. Spirituality is simply being in tune with God, others, nature and you.
At Compass Rose, we do not force any “religion” on our students. We do believe that Christ is the savior and helper for all people, regardless of what they are going through in life. Spiritually, we provide students with opportunities to serve others on campus and in the community with service projects. We also encourage students to get outside and enjoy nature by walking, taking hikes and exercising. We encourage students to ask questions about faith and be willing to look for those faith answers as well. At Compass Rose, we are not interested in teaching a religion. We are, however, interested in helping students spiritually find their “true north” and belief in the one true savior, Jesus Christ.
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