Denver Metro Area Faiths and Spiritual Practices

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Pope Francis on Immigrants

“We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants.”                                      – Pope Francis in the U.S., September 2015

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Agnostics– Belief that (1) God, if it exists, is by nature unknowable and will always be unknowable, or, (2) that the individual being asked cannot conclude if god exists or not for lack of evidence one way or the other. Information may be found here 

Amish– Peaceful Christian fundamentalist group famous for its rejection of technology and strict adherence to specific laws. More on Amish in Colorado here

Animism-The belief that all objects contain spirits. More a traditional form of belief that a “religion” in the Western sense. More information here

Baha’i Aurora Colorado-Founded a century and a half ago, the Bahá’í Faith is today among the fastest-growing of the world’s religions. With more than five million followers in virtually every nation on earth, it is the second-most widespread faith, surpassing every religion but Christianity in its geographic reach. Bahá’ís reside in more than 100,000 localities around the world, an expansion that reflects their dedication to the ideal of world citizenship. The Baha’i Faith’s global scope is mirrored in the composition of its membership. Representing a cross section of humanity, Bahá’ís come from virtually every nation, ethnic group, culture, profession, and social or economic class. More than 2,100 different ethnic and tribal groups are represented. Since it also forms a single community, free of schism or factions, the Bahá’í Faith comprises the most diverse and widespread organized body of people on earth. The Bahá’í Faith has been an active part of religious and social life in Middle Tennessee since the 1930’s.

Baha’is are recognized advocates for spiritual solutions based on the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh on issues such as the elimination of all forms of prejudice with an emphasis on race unity, the equality of women and men, the spiritual education of children, the importance of family cohesion, and the establishment of world peace. Bahá’u’lláh is God’s Messenger for this day, a day in which all humanity is spiritually mature and can visualize the reality of uniting to build the Kingdom of God on Earth. Bahá’u’lláh fulfills the paradoxical promises of Christ’s return “in the Glory of the Father” and as a “thief in the night.”  That the Faith was founded in 1844 relates to numerous Christian prophecies. Bahá’ís note that Central Africa was finally opened to Christianity in the 1840s, and that event was widely seen as fulfilling the promise that Christ would return after “the Gospel had been preached ‘to all nations.'” In Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings Bahá’ís see fulfillment of Christ’s promise to bring all people together so that “there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” Here is how this promise is reflected in the Bahá’í sacred texts: “Thou hast created all humanity from the same stock.  Thou hast decrede that all shall belong to the same household.  In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence….”. Aurora Baha’i Community information here. (Source: Bahai.org; Dr. Galen Hull)

Buddhism– Buddhism is the world’s fourth largest religion with 350 million practitioners. Buddhism is a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha who lived in the 6th century B.C.E. The goal of Buddhist practice is to end suffering in ourselves and others. The practice of meditation helps awaken the practitioner to the realization of true reality, the achievement of liberation. Great emphasis is placed upon non-harming and the practice of compassion extended to all beings.

Albert Einstein described Buddhism in the following way: “Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.” There are three main practices of Buddhism. These are Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Click on each link to find a location in Denver, Metro area. Other practices include Ekayana, Tibetan, Philosophy of Thich Nhat Hahn, and Zen.

Celtic Paganism– Dedicated to rediscovering and connecting with the ways of the Pagan Celts. Guided by modern scholarship and inspiration to create a community that honors their Gods, Ancestors and the Daoine Sidhe to strengthen their ability to be true to their values to recognize the poetry and spirit in the world around each person. Denver Meetup

Christadelphians– Beliefs: The Bible is the only source of knowledge concerning God. There is but ONE God, the Father, dwelling in heaven, who created heaven and earth. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, begotten of the virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit.God created and maintains the world by His spirit power. When used for special purposes it is called the Holy Spirit. That man is mortal and does not possess an immortal soul.That death came into the world through the disobedience of Adam in the Garden of Eden. Because death came into the world by man, it could only be destroyed by one who was righteous. As a mortal man, subject to death, Jesus obtained a title to resurrection by perfect obedience, and by dying, put aside the condemnation to death for himself, and all who should believe and obey him. Jesus will return to earth and judge his servants, good and bad, dead and alive according to their works. On earth Jesus will reestablish the Kingdom of Israel, the land promised to Abraham and his seed. That the gospel concerns the “Kingdom of God” and the “things concerning the Name of Jesus Christ.” Knowing and following both are necessary for salvation. (Acts 8:12). Baptism into the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (after knowledge of God’s plan) and a faithful walk are essential to salvation. One Worship Center 

Christian Orthodox-The form of Christianity maintained by the Eastern Orthodox Church. Orthodox means “correct in teaching”; Orthodox Christians consider the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant churches to be incorrect in some teachings, including the relations between the persons of the Trinity. One location in Denver is St. Mark’s Orthodox Church. (Source)

Christian Protestant– A Christian belonging to one of the three great divisions of Christianity (the other two are the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church). Protestantism began during the Renaissance as a protest against the established (Roman Catholic) church. One church can be found here. (Source)

Christian Catholicism– The bible used by Catholics and Protestants is the same, but the interpretation differs whether the sect is Baptist, Anglican (The Church of England), Lutheran, Evangelical, Quaker, and so on. Christians are those who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and encompass many sects. An Aurora Catholic Church.  (Source)

Christian Science-Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science, defined it as “the law of God, the law of good . . . ” (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 1). In Christian Science, God is understood to be infinite Love, and so invariably good that a clear glimpse of this through prayer has power to heal, redeem, and restore anyone. One location in Denver Metro area is Christian Science Reading Room  (Source)

The Church of Jesus of Latter-Day Saints-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the official name of the religion commonly called the Mormon Church. We believe first and foremost that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of God.

While their backgrounds and experiences are diverse, Mormons are united by a commitment to Jesus Christ. This site features members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sharing their stories and telling what their faith means to them. Here’s one temple in the area. (Source)

Community of Christ-God intends Christian faith to be lived in companionship with Jesus Christ and with other disciples in service to the world. The church of Jesus Christ is made of all those who respond to Jesus’ call. Community of Christ is part of the whole body of Christ. We are called to be a prophetic people, proclaiming the peace of Jesus Christ and creating communities where all will be welcomed and brought into renewed relationship with God, and where there will be no poor. Find the Orchard Church on this website(Source)

Confucianism-Confucianism is a way of life taught by Confucius in the 6th–5th century BCE. Sometimes viewed as a philosophy, sometimes as a religion, Confucianism is perhaps best understood as an all-encompassing humanism that neither denies nor slights heaven. Confucianism has been followed by the Chinese for more than two millennia.

It has deeply influenced spiritual and political life in China; its influence has also extended to Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. East Asians may profess themselves to be Shintoists, Taoists, Buddhists, Muslims, or Christians – but seldom do they cease to be Confucians. Information on this belief system can be found here. (Source)

Deism– Belief: Knowledge of God based on the application of our reason on the designs/laws found throughout Nature. The designs presuppose a Designer. Deism is therefore a natural religion and is not a “revealed” religion. Contact(Source)

Druidism-Since Druidry is a spiritual path – a religion to some, a way of life to others – Druids share a belief in the fundamentally spiritual nature of life. Some will favour a particular way of understanding the source of this spiritual nature, and may feel themselves to be animists, pantheists, polytheists, monotheists or duotheists. Others will avoid choosing any one conception of Deity, believing that by its very nature this is unknowable by the mind. Druids in Denver, Colorado(Source)

Druze-Monotheism is the religious title of the Druze community in Lebanon and its surrounding areas. In the monotheistic creed we decree that God created all creatures perfectly and subjected them to humanity so that we can rise through worship and our intellect, towards the glory of humanity – and since humanity is the topmost honoured reflection of God’s image (Be He Exalted) that means towards the glory of God. A small sect worship at some Jewish Temples in the Denver Metro Area.

Ebionites– The Ebionite Christians believe that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah sent from the Jewish God to the Jewish people in fulfillment of the Jewish Scriptures. They also believed that to belong to the people of God, one needed to be Jewish. As a result, they insisted on observing the Sabbath, keeping kosher, and circumcising all males. […] An early source, Irenaeus, also reports that the Ebionites continued reverence to Jerusalem, evidently by praying in its direction during their daily acts of worship.

Their insistence on staying (or becoming) Jewish should not seem especially peculiar from a historical perspective, since Jesus and his disciples were Jewish. But the Ebionites’ Jewishness did not endear them to most other Christians, who believed that Jesus allowed them to bypass the requirements of the Law for salvation. The Ebionites, however, maintained that their views were authorized by the original disciples, especially by Peter and Jesus’ own brother, James, head of the Jerusalem church after the resurrection.” To learn more about this group contact Keith Akers. (Source)

Eckankar- is a religion constructed purely out of positive, white-light, happy-sounding words but with very little sense. It derived largely from a Westernisation of the Punjabi Sant Mat tradition. It is a religion that tries its utmost best not to upset anyone at all. You don’t even have to leave your current religion, they say, it’ll help you understand it better! It was founded in the height of the hippy New Age and it accepts pretty much every New Age idea going. One estimate is that in the later 1990s there were 367 ECK centres worldwide. 164 of them in the USA and Worldwide membership estimated at 50,000. Gathering in Colorado. (Source)

Gnosticism– The purpose of Gnosis is to restore in each one of us, the ability to live consciously and intelligently, through the study, comprehension of and experimentation with Art, Science, Philosophy and transcendental Mysticism (Religion). Learn more here. (Source)

Hare Krishna-The embracing of Krishna through correct living, honesty, spiritual life and austerity. In Denver, learn more here.

Hinduism– The common religion of India, based upon the religion of the original Aryan settlers as expounded and evolved in the Vedas, the Upanishads,the Bhagavad-Gita, etc., having an extremely diversified character with many schools of philosophy and theology, many popular cults, and alarge pantheon symbolizing the many attributes of a single god.Buddhism and Jainism are outside the Hindu tradition but are regarded as related religions. Learn more at Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Rockies(Source)

Humanism-Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over acceptance of dogma or superstition. In Denver, earn more here. (Source)

Islam– Religion of Muslims, a monotheistic faith regarded as revealed through Muhammad as the Prophet of Allah. More discussed in our Interfaith Literacy Classes. In Denver, Metro, learn more here. (Source)

Jainism– The term Jainism means faith of a Jaina, and is derived from the word Jina which means the conqueror or the victorious. Jina means who conquers the five senses, destroys all the karmas, and attains Omniscience or Sarvajnahood. The person who performs tapas or yoga attains such a self-realization and omniscient knowledge or kevala jnana. After attaining self-realization and omniscience, the Jina spends the rest of his time in preaching the Dharma to the mass of human beings, which would enable the ordinary mortals to reach summum bonum of life. In Denver, learn more here.  (Source)

Jehovah’s Witnesses– A member of a Christian movement (the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society) founded in the US by Charles Taze Russell (1852–1916). Jehovah’s Witnesses deny many traditional Christian doctrines (including the divinity of Christ). and refuse military service and blood transfusion on religious grounds. More information in Denver, Metro here. (Source)
Judaism- Judaism is an ancient monotheistic religion, with the Torah as its foundational text (part of the larger text known as the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible), and supplemental oral tradition represented by later texts such as the Midrash and the Talmud. Temple in the Denver, Metro area. Source
Mennonite-The early teachings of the Mennonites were founded on the belief in both the mission and ministry of Jesus, which the original Anabaptist followers held to with great conviction despite persecution by the various Roman Catholic and Protestant states. Mennonite gathering in Aurora, Colorado. Source
Native American-Beliefs and practices vary from tribe to tribe. However, most are grounded in the mystical naturalistic perspective focus on one God or many Gods. More information can be found here.
New Age– Varied beliefs and may incorporate an interfaith perspective as well. We like this one. However, there are many more to explore in the Denver, Metro area.
Paganism-a religion that has many gods or goddesses, considers the earth holy, and does not have a central authority. More information of a center in Denver, Colorado can be found here.
Pantheism– Belief is that God is everywhere and everything, but is never transcendent and void of consciousness. More information here.
Rastafarian– God is simply Jah. Please share information if you know of a group in Denver

 

Santería– A combination of West African and Caribbean beliefs with some minor element of Catholicism. A group in the Denver, Colorado area can be found here. 

Sikhism- The word Sikh is derived from the Sanskrit ‘shishya’ meaning disciple. Sikhs are the disciples of their ten Gurus beginning with Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469 – 1539) and ending with Guru Gobind Singh Ji (1666 -1708). Today, Sikhs are the disciples of their scriptures, their one true and eternal Guru, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. If a Sikh wishes advice or solace or inspiration he or she only need to enter a Gurdwara (Sikh house of worship) bow their head and listen to a reading or read themselves from the holy scripture. A Sikh temple in Denver, Metro can be found here

Scientology– Derived from the writings of science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, a series of practices called Dianetics is used to clear minds of alien influences and attain a state of mental perfection. Denver, Metro church information.

Shamanism-Belief that Shamans need to keep good relations with tribal ancestor spirits for the good fortune of the whole tribe. Here’s information on the foundation in the Denver, Metro area.

Sukyo Mahikari-Founded in Japan in 1959 by Kōtama Okada (1901-1974), Sukyo Mahikari is dedicated to the worship of God and the promotion of peace and happiness throughout the world. Sukyo refers to “the universal laws established by God at the time of creation for the eternal prosperity of all.” Mahikari means “True Light.” It is the Light of God which purifies all things. For more information in the Denver, Metro area, contact Christine Henze at 303-841-1192

Taoism-A relaxed and peaceful religion based on following and accepting the flow of life. In Denver? More information.

Zoroastrianism-An ancient dualistic religion from Iran with one good god (Ahura Mazda) and one evil one (Ahriman). Contact? Scroll down on this link to find a contact in the Denver, Metro area.