The Contemplative Call

Long before I was baptized in the church, I deeply wanted to follow the saints that I read about in my books–St. Catherine of Siena, St. Hildegard of Bingen, Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi–by living into a monastic lifestyle. I had no idea what that meant or how to do it, but this life…

Monastic Memoir: Silence

I’ve spent the past few weeks in silence–not complete silence, but having long periods of intentional silence each day. The silence began with allowing my words, body, and mind to rest and just be. This silence was highly refreshing and deeply needed. It allowed me to enter into a state of rest, and to sit…

Interfaith Ministry: A Servant for the Heart of the World

In recent events, I’ve found a lot of resistance and even some blatant hatred for my vocation as an Interfaith Minister. I have Christians who believe, as an Anglican Priest, it is my sworn duty to condemn people of all other faiths; I have people of other faith traditions attacking me for using Christian imagery;…

Knowing the Unknowable: Seeking the Fullness of God

Throughout my life, I have had a continuous journey of faith. I did not begin my faith journey in Christianity. In fact, I was born into a Non-religious family whose only comments of faith or God came from cultural references of what God supposedly told humans never to do, and how Karma was a bitch…

Confronted by Stigma

In my life right now, I’m reading through the Gospel of St. John–slowly and prayerfully. Tonight, I read John 4:1-18, and found myself in the story of the Samaritan Woman. When I say I found my self IN the story, I mean it; and God confronted my heart immediately. This story is pretty much a…

Remembering ‘the Least of These’

Everywhere I turn today, there seems to be another image or story of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some giving information, others inciting fear; some encouraging others, and still others executing judgement. We are bombarded by this wave of information, be it good or bad, continuously. Something I haven’t really heard much about, is privilege. I’ve had…

Connecting with God: Finding Yourself

One of the joys of being an Interfaith Minister is being able to see the way that God, the Divine, penetrates this world. All around us, you can see Divinity at work. Visiting people in the hospital and sitting beside them on their deathbeds in their homes, I’ve seen the essence of life dancing, ebbing,…