Alternative Narrative, Part 3

“After seminary I had some time to begin to work through some of the long bibliography I had gathered together. On that bibliography were monastics like Thomas Merton and Saint John of the Cross. The works of John of the Cross captured me. Some of the language was arcane. I remember going to my friend […]

Alternative Narrative, Part 2

“After graduation from college I was hired/called to be the Minister of Christian Education at a church in Burien/Seattle. I found the senior minister to be crude and boarish. Simultaneously, I was discovering how very introverted I am and, although I did not know it at the time, how deeply wounded I was by my […]

Alternative Narrative, Part 1

My friend, Roger, and I have irregular email conversations. Roger is a Systematic Theologian. I, as some of you know, am a Theological Librarian. Interestingly enough, most of our conversations are political in nature. We are both politically liberal. For some reason our last conversation triggered me to write a bit about my background that […]

Roses For Mary

For days I’ve been sitting in front of my laptop trying to think of something to write about that is important to me or, in my humble opinion, important to others. I just got home from a brisk 1.8 mile walk with Hunter. On the walk we went by the Catholic Church. Like many churches […]

6+ Year Old Mystic

I’ve been gone for several weeks. I had the notion that I would post all the way to Iowa and back but got too tired each day to break out the computer and write. The drive there and back was remarkable in many ways. Sometimes really funny. I’ll get into those stories in posts yet […]

“That Of God In All Persons”

There are two women that I feel very close to that have been shaken by Quakers. (Pun intended!) Neither one of them has felt her faith affirmed by a Society that believes that all people are saved. A few years ago, I hired a young woman as a student employee at the library who was […]

Spiritual Communion With God

In a previous post I talk about two distinct Dark Nights: the Dark Night of the Senses and the Dark Night of the Soul. Two Dark Nights, not just one. This is the teaching of the original voice regarding Dark Nights, John of the Cross. He was born in 1542 in Spain. At one point […]

Here Comes Holy Week

For those that may not be Christians or who may be very conservative Christians, tomorrow is Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. Each of the days represents some main event in the final week of Jesus’ life. For example, Thursday evening is the time churches commemorate the establishment of the Lord’s […]