- An expanded understanding of primary texts: Its primary texts go beyond the written text to include music, visual art, poetry, sculpture, film, dance; lived human experience; and the natural world. It takes life and art, not written texts alone, as its primary texts.
- Multiple ways of knowing: It affirms many ways of knowing: verbal, mathematical, musical, kinesthetic, empathic, bodily, introspective, imaginative, conemplative. It does not privilege verbal knowing alone as primary.
- Social engagement: It is socially engaged and seeks social transformation: that is, the creation of communities that are creative, compassionate, participatory, humane to animals, ecologically wise, inclusive of diversity, and spiritually satisfying – with no one left behind. In this spirit it partakes ot the prophetic imagination: the capacity to say "no" to injustice and "yes" to compassion. It speaks of its ultimate hope as ecological civilization: beloved community with ecology added.
- Multiple forms of spirituality and emotional wisdom: It affirms the subjective worlds of emotion and feeling that are at the heart of lived experience. It understands"spirituality" is the activity of becoming fully alive and awake, in the immediacy of ordinary life, and recognizes many different spiritual modes: attention, beauty, being present, compassion, connection, devotion, enthusiasm, faith, forgiveness, grace, gratitude, hope, hospitality, imagination, joy, justice, kindness, listening, love, meaning, nurturing, openness, peace, play, questing, reverence, (openness to) shadow, silence, transformation, unity, vision, wonder, X-factor (mystery), Yearning, You (self-affirmation), and zeal (zest for life).
- Materiality and physicality: It affirms the material and physical side of life: the bodies of people and animals, hills and rivers, trees and stars. Interfaith theopoetics does not draw a sharp distinction between body and spirit, but instead sees body in spirit and spirit in body. At the same time it is open to the possibility that we live in a multi-dimensional universe in which "spirits" and "ancestors" and a "continuing journey after death" are real possibilities. We understand "body" very widely.
- Respectfully Confessional: A process theopoetics can be uniquely Christian, or uniquely Jewish, or uniquely Muslim, or uniquely Buddhist, or uniquely Hindu, or uniquely "Spiritual but not Religious."
- Interfaith outlook: A process theopoetics understands that we live in a world with multiple wisdom traditions (religions) and that all should be included in beloved community. Today wisdom traditions include humanism, secularism, and spiritual independence as well as traditional forms of religious affiliation.
- Exploratory Spirit: Its reflective side is experimental and exploratory, imaginative and sometimes playful, not didactic and argumentative.
- Theistic and Non-Theistic: It welcomes and explores different ways of thinking aboug God, personal and transpersonal, but also includes forms of religious life that do not include reference to God: e.g. secular, Buddhist, humanistic. It is open to the horizontal sacred (felt relationships) as well as the vertical sacred (something more.)
- Can be practiced by academics and non-academics. It can be practiced by many different people from many walks of life, of various ages, genders, races, religions, and sexualities.