Sunday, December 20, 2015
Christian Identity in a Pluralist World" – Scotty Greene”]
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The late Raimon Panikkar (at right), comparative religion scholar, philosopher, scientist, and theologian, is a true child of both the West and the East. He has been described as a “spiritual mutant”, a multi-dimensional person who combines “the polarities of the East and the West, outer and inner consciousness, science and mysticism, mythic and rational thinking, pragmatic involvement in the world and spiritual detachment.”
In this talk, Scotty Greene will share how Raimon Panikkar’s life and work have guided the formation of his identity in Christ and how Panikkar offers us a model for spiritual unity in the midst of spiritual diversity.In 2009, Scotty Greene ended a 40 year career in politics, law, and public policy advocacy. During what was eventually a three year sabbatical he began expanding on his interest in the experiences and works of Western and Eastern mystics. In 2012, a spiritual retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia led him to enter Emory’s Candler School of Theology. In 2014 he received a Masters of Theological Studies with an emphasis on social justice and human rights.
Scotty is an organizer and fundraiser for the Interfaith Children’s Movement in Georgia and is member of a planning group for a proposed interfaith symposium at Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights in 2017. He is member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Decatur where he serves in the lay reader, companion, and adult formation ministries. He was recently elected to serve on the church’s vestry beginning in 2016. He and his wife Margaret live in Ansley Park. They have two grown children, son Luke, and daughter Riley. No grandchildren (yet).