Let’s talk about Practice

I was asked last week just what a practice of Place looks like. What does it consist of? Good question! The honest, straight up answer? I don't know. You've heard me say this before. In fact, at the start of every quarter there's been a recognition that I won't know until I start Doing.Most of what Place means to me could easily be summed up with: going outside and paying attention. I plan to do a lot more of that. To the casual observer this might not be particularly spiritual or religious, … [Read more...]

The Annunciation

Yesterday was the Feast of the Annunciation, one of my favorite Christian celebrations. I know, I'm not in my Christian quarter anymore, but Mary is a special lady and I wanted to mark this day. Seeing as how I didn't go to church at all last quarter, I decided to take the kids to the nearby church. I thought maybe, just maybe, there would be some mention of the Holy Mother on her day. Of course there wasn't.Two blocks up a busy street from our house is Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. It's a … [Read more...]

Place – what does that even mean?

Today begins a new quarter! Hurray! Or hwre, as they say in Welsh. When I started this project I fully expected to be in Wales, exploring the green hills and red kites and Welsh mythology. Wales is a beautiful, powerful place; I miss it. Instead, I'm back in the US, in Washington state.Place may seem like a strange choice for a religion blog. There's no religion called Place. What does that even mean?I put it last in my year-long exploration of the traditions that have informed my own … [Read more...]

Goodbye Christianity

Today is my last day with Christianity. Sunday, March 25, is the Feast of the Annunciation, one of my favorite feast days in the Christian calendar. Even though it overlaps into my Place quarter, I plan to attend church and write about the day - my last hurrah. For now, I want to sum things up.This quarter has felt like a disappoint to me. No juicy practice. No experiences that took me deeper into the tradition. I pulled away, farther than ever. I struggled with the desires of my heart. I … [Read more...]

Fifteen Years in the Wrong Shoes – part five

This is the final post in my 'testimony' series. (You can follow the links to parts one, two, three, and four.)My family landed in Wales in the early autumn of 2009. It was a grand adventure. Husband had never been to Wales before; I had been once for three days two years prior. But the gods said go, so we went.The rational reason for our moving to Wales was that I wanted to be nearer to my adviser and the academic community while working on my PhD. My area of specialty was the Virgin … [Read more...]

Why I Am Not A Christian

Reflections on Bertrand Russell's speech from 1927. (Read the essay online here.)This is the only essay of his I've read. I recommend it. It's short, amusing and to the point. Many of the arguments he raises are still being raised by those in the New Atheism movement. I want to use this post to talk very briefly about Russell's essay, even more briefly about the New Atheism movement, and about why I, Niki, am not a Christian.We begin with Russell's essay. It's hard to deny most of his … [Read more...]

Love Wins

My beloved former college roommate (mentioned here) encouraged me to read Rob Bell's book, Love Wins. I'd heard about it. Apparently it pissed off a lot of Evangelicals. My ears usually perk up when American Evangelicals get all worked up over something. Seeing as how this book was published by Harper One and not his usual Zondervan, I'm guessing Bell has annoyed more than a few establishment Christians.I first heard about Rob Bell three years ago when I was visiting family in Australia. One … [Read more...]


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