My name is Erik E. Weaver. I am an ordained priest in the Old Catholic tradition.  I sometimes casually self-identify as an Independent Catholic, although that is less specific.  I am among those who have turned to the Independent Sacramental Movement (ISM) for their religious and spiritual expression.

The process of seeking mystical union with the Divine is among my deepest interests. As a mystically inclined priest I seek unity over diversity. I feel plurality in spiritual practices is fundamental to our shared human nature.

My most fundamental religious belief is that the nature of what so many of us name “God,” by definition must be Transcendent, and therefore Ineffable.  Panentheism is a useful means of framing my own understanding of “God” (which I normally prefer to call the Divine;  primarily because the word “God” carries too many preconceptions).  Thus, there is always an element of the Divine beyond our comprehension.  This awareness should invest us with a healthy humility.

Apprehension is less certain, but this is our only path of discovery of the Divine.  May we then know anything of the Divine?  I answer in the affirmative.  I do believe persons have experiences and encounters with non-physical forces and/or intelligences;  what these are, and how we are affected, are among the questions that religions attempt to resolve.

The subjects of religiosity, spirituality, and mysticism can become quite involved.  Simply trying to tease out a reasonable understanding of the much more worldly study of ancient textual criticism leads to great complexity.  When feeling lost, or that none of this has an answer we might determine, my suggestion is to remember the Great Commandment (see, Mark 12:28-31, Matthew 22:35-40, Luke 10:25-28, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Leviticus 19:18) and steer one’s life by this course as best one may, and continually check and correct one’s course by this standard.

The Great Commandment is sometimes distilled to the Golden Rule, and all enduring religions of which I am aware have some way of relating these precepts.  But my tradition and path is Christianity so I will employ that particular voice of the world choir:

  •   Love God with all that you are.
  •   Love others, as you wish to be loved.

If one follows these precepts, one should do well.  And as the rabbinic teaching concludes, everything else is commentary.

I live in Springfield, Missouri and have come to this calling late in life. I know not where this path shall lead. It is my Journey Toward the Divine Center.


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