Why I am…an Urban Priestess

I’ve been in engaged in an on-going dialogue with the invisible world and the Divine since childhood. Direct revelation has been my calling from early on.With few choices to pursue in early adulthood for women: convent sister, nun or perhaps after much hardship…possible sainthood, I concluded there must be another path. After much research and an initiation into a path of service…the urban priestess was born.The definition of a mystic is someone who wants to engage in direct conversation … [Read more...]

Why I am…discovering spirituality in nature

In early evening after a cold spring rain in Zuccotti Park in New York City (a year and a half after the end of the Occupy Wall encampment), I meditate with others and find deep peace. Yet my discoveries of spirituality in nature begin years before, perhaps in childhood on Illinois’ suburban prairies the first time I feel immense stillness after a fierce windstorm. Even now, I discover spirituality in nature’s furious glory—the wild riot of spring’s first blooms after a long winter, or the temper … [Read more...]

Why I am a…Seeker of The Sacred Spirit

All efforts to put words to what we feel seem woefully inadequate when we are confronted with the overwhelmingly Sacred Spirit of the universe. Since the beginning of recorded history, humans have attempted with symbols, dances, and words to share their experiences. We have used meditation and hallucination to recreate and share those freeing feelings.As a Roman Catholic, my religion had rituals that included litanies of terms by which we called upon "God" and the saints. We had chants, s … [Read more...]

Why I am an…Episcopagan

I have always loved being in nature and when six years old would sneak out of my home at night and visit my sacred pond in the woods that was my sanctuary.  I talked to God starting at age three and have not stopped.  When I was eight years old I was baptized in the Episcopal Church that has nurtured me with ancient and modern rituals, music, prayers and the lack of “should nots.” When I was taking confirmation classes at the age of twelve I asked the priest if Jesus really was the son of God.  B … [Read more...]

Why I am a…Religious Scientist

I found this healing faith, philosophy, and way of life at a time in my life when my world as I knew it had fallen apart. The healing message touched me at a tender place – it was the first time I had ever heard that I was whole, perfect and complete. I had believed I was a broken sinner.I discovered that I was responsible for the choices in my life and that my thoughts had created all the good and the not so good in my life. I learned that I could change my life by changing the way I tho … [Read more...]

Why I am an…All.

There has been a great deal of media buzz recently about the growing segment of the U.S. religious landscape called “unaffiliated”; people who are spiritual, sometimes deeply so, but not affiliated with any one religion.  They are being cleverly branded as the ‘Nones” and are touted as part of a huge shift in our culture. My friend Anne Benvenuti has wisely observed that most of the “Nones” she knows are actually “Alls”; rather than having no religious identification, there are a growing number o … [Read more...]