Womanist Spirituality

In May of this year, I led a class at my church that looked at Scripture from a feminist perspective. In this introduction to feminist theology and spirituality, we surveyed the writings, artwork, and music compositions of contemporary Catholic women. Included in our study were theologians who call themselves womanist and others who name themselves … More Womanist Spirituality

A Summer Must Read

I’m spending a lot of time reading these days, principally to get a jumpstart on the book selections for my book club that resumes in September. If you read only one book this summer, let it be Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle (Free Press, 2010). For almost 30 … More A Summer Must Read

Changing Skies

Sometimes the words come first — as when I just have to share with you the latest book that inspired me. Then I look for images in my collection that come close to representing the theme. Other times, like today, I am overwhelmed by images that I feel compelled to share. In our photography class, … More Changing Skies

Happy Fourth of July

“The world is shot through with God’s goodness and grandeur, beauty, and love. Notice it, call attention to it, bring it to places where it is missing.” (Mary Stommes, Give Us This Day) Each year I create a calendar with my favorite images of the previous year. In the last couple years, I have attached … More Happy Fourth of July

Book Club Favorites

We just completed our second year of Book Club at my church. The invitation to join goes out to all parish members, but, not surprisingly, only women have responded so far. We are a group of about 20 women who meet on the second Wednesday of each month from September through May. Participation varies from … More Book Club Favorites

Books with Impact

Recently, a friend in my book club forwarded an article about the impact that specific books had had on the life of the author. The article prompted me to make my own list. I will name only a few from my past because I really want to focus on the book that I just finished. … More Books with Impact

Culture and Christian Spirituality

Earlier this month, I posted “Culture and Christian Spirituality (1)” based on the book Living Mission Interculturally: Faith, Culture, and the Renewal of Praxis (2015) by Professor of Theology and Culture Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp. In Chapter 5, Gittins focuses on four major cultural variables that shape our faith and spirituality: 1) social location and … More Culture and Christian Spirituality

Sunrise

  Cloudless sky, birdsong Sun coming up over trees A bit of heaven.   Good coffee, good books Me here, still in pajamas A bit of heaven.