Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Dr. Clay Stauffer, author of Spiritual Reflections on Faith, Values and Culture.
This book addresses the deeper issues that matter most in life: faith, wisdom, values, spirituality, relationships, connection, and self-reflection. As our world becomes more and more secular, people remain restless and hungry to discuss these important topics. What does it mean to grow spiritually? What does it mean to do meaningful soul work? What are the values and priorities that should matter most? What type of culture will our children and grandchildren inherit?
Here are a few insights that Dr. Stauffer believes to be true:
- All human beings long for meaning and deeper purpose in their lives.
- Jesus Christ continues to speak to and challenge our culture.-Issues of character and integrity are very important.
- Growth in the spiritual life has become much more challenging in this busy age of technology, multi- tasking, and over-commitment.
- Relationships are essential and can cause great joy and fulfillment as well as pain and heartache.
- Politics and ideology have become both polarizing and toxic in many ways, deeply dividing families and friendships.
- Wisdom is much more valuable than knowledge.
- Social isolation and loneliness will continue to be one of the great challenges of the twenty-first century.
- We live in an age of anxiety, where fear abounds and overwhelms many.
- We all long to move beyond superficiality to a much deeper level of connection.
- There are many values that must be passed down from generation to generation
Dr. Clay Stauffer is a fourth generation Disciples minister, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was installed as Senior Minister of Woodmont on October 21, 2007 at the age of 27.
Clay writes regularly for the Faith and Values section of The Tennessean, and does some church consulting and leadership training on the side. He is the author of Preaching Politics: Proclaiming Jesus in an Age of Money, Power, and Partisanship, published in 2016 by Chalice Press. He is a trained life coach through The John Maxwell Team. Clay has also served on many non-profit boards including the Nashville Food Project, Faith Family Medical Clinic, Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt, Phoenix Club of Nashville, Downtown Rotary Club, The Blake McMeans Foundation, and Woodmont Christian Preschool.
Clay and his wife, Megan, have three children.