Fifteen Years in the Wrong Shoes – part four

This part of my testimony is all about graduate school, and it brings us up to the present. When we left off I had just moved to Berkeley, started work on my master's degree, and broken up with my girlfriend. You can read parts one, two, and three by clicking the links.I think I always knew I was going to end up in Berkeley at the Graduate Theological Union. It had been on my radar for years. I liked the small school consortium and the ecumenical and interfaith make up of the place. It had a … [Read more...]

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Yesterday

Yesterday was a really good day. Not because it was Valentine's Day (a non-holiday in my opinion), but because it started with a coffee date with an old friend I hadn't seen in years and years. He was in town on business and we met up for a chat. ("Who's John?" my husband asked. "You want a date on Valentine's Day that badly, just ask!" Ha!)After talking about our kids, our spouses, my recent move, the topic invariably turned to matters of religion. John's a Christian, one who attends a … [Read more...]

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This week

Part 4 of my testimony will have to wait until next week. It's been a week of lousy sleep due to the teething my daughter is doing. She's ambitious: she's cutting 6-8 teeth at once. Yay. I just don't think I've got a post in me today.Here are some links for your weekend reading:Earlier this week I wrote a book review on Ten Moons: The Inner Journey of Pregnancy for Pagan Families.This is an interesting essay on the difference between prayer and … [Read more...]

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Praying like a Pilgrim

I was hoping to have all of The Pilgrim's Tale, a Russian spiritual classic, read for review today. Even with kids and limited reading time I can plow through a book if need be. This time? I'm savoring it. In fact, I'm inspired by it.One of the things I love about the Eastern Orthodox tradition in all its 'flavors' (the Church is divided along ethnic and national lines) is that mysticism is front and center: in its liturgy, traditions, stories and practice. Mysticism is more than theology or … [Read more...]

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Fifteen Years in the Wrong Shoes – part three

When I left off last time I was married, miserable and crying during prayers. (You can read part one and part two here.) Let us continue my testimony and find out what shape my Christianity took next.Without getting into the gory and very personal details I'll sum up what happened next: I jumped ship. I fell in love with a woman and got a divorce. In that order.At this point I felt like I had tried the traditional Christian rules/path for long enough. I was listening, I was enduring, I … [Read more...]

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The Cost of Discipleship, the Cost of Being a Woman and Other

Let me just get this out of the way: I am not really enjoying this quarter. This is good information. Sitting with this discomfort is educational, insightful. But not fun or juicy or exciting. I surprise myself every week with just how Not Christian I am. Oh, do I miss the practices and mindsets of the previous two quarters! I can't not practice, so I lightly say my prayers and do a few breathing exercises. But oh, how I miss my practice.Revisiting things that once held meaning for me is … [Read more...]

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A Musical Interlude

Each quarter I load up a Spotify playlist with music that channels the tradition I'm embracing. I enjoyed the rhythms and chants of Hindu inspired music. I listened to a lot of Bjork and Florence + the Machine during my Pagan quarter, two artists I adore. They may not be Pagan themselves, but their lyrics and sensibilities sure are. But this quarter? Contemporary Christian music is just so bad. Bland, cheesy, and trite.As I was lying awake in the wee hours of the night, I had a realization.* … [Read more...]

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