The Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong

The Rt. Rev. John Shelby SpongThe Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong

Author and retired bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Newark


Photo by  Scott Griessel

  1. What is the most exciting book you have read in the last year? What did you find so interesting or compelling?

    The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson - A fascinating look at  the Kennedy assassination and Lyndon Johnson's first year plus as President, and the civil rights bills that he was able to get through congress.  

  2. What in your view is the greatest challenge facing people of faith today?

    Separating the explanations of the past from the reality of the God experience.

  3. Can you describe the Christianity you give your heart to? What do you consider the essence of being a Christian?

    The Christianity that calls me to live fully, to love wastefully, to be all that I can be, and that compels me to make the same thing possible for everyone else.

  4. In your book Reclaiming the Bible for the Non-Religious World (2011), you pack a lifetime of thought and study into 409 engaging and provocative pages. How would you summarize your message to people searching for faith and meaning today?

    The Bible is not sacred; it points to that which is sacred and it guides us toward that goal.

  5. What do you consider the most vivid or rewarding aspect of your years in service, scholarship and leadership?

    Having eleven clergy who served with me in the Diocese of Newark become bishops.

  6. What question do you wish we would ask you?

    How were you so lucky as to marry Christine?