In the last thirty five years, John Bennison has been a teacher, preacher, lecturer, trainer, conference leader, carpenter, coffin builder, counselor, spiritual advisor, ethicist, writer and lyricist, musician and entertainer, assembly-line union worker, small business entrepreneur, residential real estate specialist, corporate cog and executive director of a faith-based non-profit organization.
He's authored eight publications and numerous commentaries on faith and values, and as an ordained minister served as a parish pastor over 25 years. He earned his Doctorate from Claremont School of Theology, as well as his BA degree in philosophy and religion from Lake Forest College.
John contributes his leadership experience as Executive Director and Lead Teacher at Pathways Faith Community, as he regularly writes the Words & Ways commentaries and posts for this site, to engage Christian progressives in meaningful dialogue. John also volunteers as Acting Director of the Mountain Shadow Film Society.
Meanwhile, John also provides professional client services to buyers and sellers of residential real estate in the Bay Area area market (see Imagine Coming Home).
Having raised two daughters, he resides with his spouse and golden retriever in Walnut Creek, California.
Author Archives: John
Contrary to the old adage, fences do not necessarily make good neighbors. In our election campaign season this last year, the winning candidate promised to build a wall and have our neighbor pay for it. We’ll see. Now by presidential executive order, … Continue reading
In case you hadn’t heard, it’s okay to say “Merry Christmas” again. As I wrote this commentary, president-elect Donald Trump had just uttered this proclamation on his victory tour. But anyone who has ever read the source material for the … Continue reading
The Thanksgiving holiday in America is a national observance that has been traditionally framed in a religious context. Whether you like roast turkey or not, one is expected to be thankful for it, and express one’s gratitude to the “Giver” of all good gifts. … Continue reading
In Part I of this Series, “Away with God!,” we began to consider our conventional, cultural notion of “God” with a capital ‘G.’ This kind of ‘god’ is a theistic one. It is commonly assumed and understood to be about a being, … Continue reading
“I pray God to rid me of God.” — Meister Eckhart (1260-c1328)—“Non-dual” Christian mystic / sage While it is apparent that religiously-infused thinking and speaking seems an inevitable and unavoidable human endeavor, it is when we distort such myth-based thinking and the metaphorical … Continue reading
Third in a Series exploring the shared Abrahamic roots of three faith traditions Part III: Christian Roots As we turn briefly to the Christian tradition of these three “Abrahamic” faiths, two points can be made upfront. First, Christianity – no matter its varied and … Continue reading
Second in a Series exploring the shared Abrahamic roots of three faith traditions Part II: Islamic Roots An American politician wants to build walls, and a major religious leader wants to build bridges. A series of previous commentaries explored the inseparable confluence … Continue reading
A Series exploring the Shared Abrahamic roots of Three Faith Traditions Part I: Jewish Roots A Presbyterian politician who wants to be the leader of the free world claims to have written a great book; second only to the Bible. He … Continue reading
A Brief Observance of a Holy Nativity Even non-theists and progressive Christian types love to sing Christmas carols. And, as the British atheist, Alain de Botton, once said, “Religions are intermittently too useful, effective and intelligent to be abandoned to … Continue reading