Bishop Mani – Progressive Episcopal Christianity

I am the Elder of the UFSP. I live in Lubbock, Texas.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a Fundamentalist Pentecostal Church. I was fortunate to grow up also surrounded by mentors from a variety of religious and cultural traditions which allowed me to see GOD working in many different traditions. I have actively studied Daoism, Zen Buddhism, Native American Traditions, Jewish Mysticism, and various forms of Christian Spiritual Cultivation.

I eventually became disenchanted with Christianity as I knew it and decided to find out the truth about this tradition that shaped so much of my life. I was determined to learn everything I could about the history of Christian tradition and doctrine. What I learned reinforced my decision to leave the environment of fundamentalist – apocalyptic – evangelical Christianity, and eventually led to my consecration to the traditional episcopate on April the 26, 2009. In 2012, I agreed to take over the Diocese of the West for the Progressive Episcopal Church with the understanding that the UFSP would be my primary ministry. I am the administrator of the Department of Theology at Metropolitan Theological Seminary where I teach courses on Biblical studies, progressive theology, and process theology, the historical Jesus, and Christian history. I am the Minister General of Societas Christi (a Progressive Ignatian religious order), and I am the pastor of the Lubbock Progressive Christian Fellowship in Lubbock, Texas. I am actively involved in several inter-religious and alternative spiritual organizations, and I am involved with the Pagan community here in Lubbock.

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