Around September last year, I started reading a book called "Radical Collaboration", which deals with self-awareness and defensiveness in teamwork (and just being with people in general). It has several "testers" to gauge your defensiveness and also your "hot buttons". I was unpleasantly shocked by how defensive I was and how many things I get upset about. … Continue reading In the process of being less defensive, I stopped talking.
I've had a love-hate relationship with Valentine's Day. Some years I was so excited for it, others I joined the S.A.D (single awareness day) party and bemoaned a day devoted to love. Sometimes I would make little Valentine's for friends, and sometimes I would scoff at the ridiculousness of stuffed animals and hearts everywhere. This … Continue reading The thing about Valentine’s Day
Today I'm thankful for friends. To me, a friend someone you can laugh with. Someone who will call at 10pm and say they're coming over. Someone who you can drink with, let loose, and be completely ridiculous with. Someone who you trust with your deepest thoughts and fears. Someone you're not afraid to tell the … Continue reading Friends
In my homework reading this last week, these words from Thomas Kelly stood out to me: “But the solid kernel of community of life in God is in the center of the experience, renewing our life and courage and commitment and love” (Testament of Devotion, p. 60). Last night I had a couple of friends-becoming-good-friends over for … Continue reading Freedom to be
Lately I've been reflecting on the balance between truth and grace. I err on the side of truth, passion, and justice, and am constant need of growth in the area of grace. When something becomes a justice issue for me (anytime a person or group of people or creation is treated as "less than"), I … Continue reading Grace in the process
At Wild Goose, I went to this really great talk by Brittany Ouchida on interconnectivity. What exactly is interconnectivity? That is precisely what I was wondering as I got out my drawing journal and colored pencils, and settled in to draw and listen. She set up a dualistic paradigm - where some things/people are "good" or "better" … Continue reading Interconnectivity of Oppression: Wild Goose part 2
This weekend I journeyed to an adventurous and lively festival known as Wild Goose. In Celtic Spirituality, the Holy Spirit is represented not as a peaceful dove, but a wild goose. And my oh my, did we have a wild and crazy time! There was dancing and body painting, fiery speakers and art everywhere. One of my favorite … Continue reading A Ruckus Rumpus Sort of Worship