Churchless Sunday mornings

coffee and newspaperRead the statistics and you’ll see that more and more people are opting out of Sunday morning worship services. After working all week and catching up on chores on Saturday, Sunday morning may be the only time for busy people to sleep in.  Sunday, for many, is not a day they want to begin by rushing around to get themselves, and perhaps the kids, dressed and ready for church.

Sabbath has taken on a different meaning. For some, it means a leisurely second cup of coffee and time spent with the paper. For others, it means a break from cooking and a chance to socialize with family and friends by going out to a special Sunday brunch.

For those who still want a church experience but can’t or don’t want to visit a brick and mortar building, there are plenty of worship services on TV or online. However, many folks are seeking a spiritual experience outside of the boundaries of the traditional Christian worship service. For these folks, Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” may fit the bill.

The show is broadcast Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM and the website states that the show “delivers a timely thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring block of programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them.” It features conversations between Oprah and “top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living and what it means to be alive in today’s world.”

Traditionalists may scoff at this sort of churchless Sunday morning spiritual option which lacks personal contact, commitment to a set of shared beliefs and traditions, as well as financial support for an institution. But for those who feel no need for those restrictions, Oprah’s non-demanding “Super Soul Sunday” may be just what they’re looking for to satisfy their spiritual yearnings.

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