©2019 by the Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer

Floating in the Waters of Spiritual Fluidity

I heard a great new phrase this week -'spiritual fluidity' - and immediately got it. It appeared in the review of a relatively new book, When One Religion Isn't Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People. Author Bidwell identifies as both Buddhist and Christian.

For a long time, I've been drawn to Taoism and sometimes jokingly call myself a Taoist-

Lutheran (I even have a Taoist-Lutheran Pinterest collection!). I've also been studying Sufism

and practicing Sufi meditation. I even learned how to whirl at an event at the Omega

Institute some years ago. I like the idea of being able to flow among the best of what each of these traditions has to offer.


I've heard people like us described as 'hyphenated,' although in my book I use the terms

'hybrid spirituality' and 'multiple belonging.' But I like 'spiritually fluid' much better. For one

thing, it sounds less academic. For another, the imagery of the water of wisdom flowing

under all the major religions is very appealing.


And doesn't the echo of gender fluidity resonate with those of us trying to get beyond the binaries and boundaries of our identities? How about religion non-conforming?