I am not a super-crazed sports fan, but I do like me some basketball.  I just couldn’t help pulling in a basketball related title to in honor of March Madness!

I was listening to an episode of A Thoughtful Faith podcast where the host Gina Colvin interviews Jana Spangler and Peter Bleakley.  Spangler mentioned that she had attended a week-long retreat with Richard Rohr.  She was able to talk with him and she mentioned that she was a Mormon (about at 28:30).  Richard Rohr said:


Mormon’s do first-half of life spirituality better than anybody else.

And you have almost no second half of life [that is taught]

Richard Rohr
Fr. Richard Rohr [1]
She clarifies that first-half of life as put forward by Richard Rohr is the kind of spirituality that organizations are going to be able to hold.  Organizations themselves are first half of life.  They are concerned with establishing good values and structures for growth.  It is concerned with the rules and the reasons for the rules.  The second half of life spirituality is where we can grow beyond that and more concerned about the connection with the divine rather than being bogged down in how we do that. [2]

This really resonated with me and made me recall a few years ago when I was just moving past my faith crisis and moving more into what I considered my faith transition.  It was a bit of a “halftime” in a way.  In one way I felt that it was really time to “graduate” to something else.  The church and its teachings just didn’t seem to be connecting me to God much anymore.  Now saying that it was time for me to “graduate” from church will sound blasphemous to some and I am not saying I am a know-it-all.  But when I heard this quote about first-half life of spirituality vs the second-half it immediately rang true for me and gave a name to how I was feeling.

Has anyone else experienced that feeling that it is time to move on to something new?

Does Rohr’s “first-half life” and “second-half life” spirituality concept ring true to anyone else?

[1] With just a bit longer beard Richard would make a great Santa!

[2] This concept is covered in Richard Rohr’s book, “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life”.  This is just one of many books that are on my ever-growing list of books to read.fallingup