And yes, life is very full here on the west coast of Canada. Picture me here, standing outside, in the free and fresh and wild air. I’m the one banging pots and pans, hollering that there is more room for everyone, there is more room, there is room for you. This is my fresh air.
I am one of those happy-clappy Jesus followers. I’m an uneasy pacifist, a Kingdom of God focused woman on the mission, postmodern, liberal to the conservative and conservative to the liberal in matters of both religion and politics (not an easy task, I assure you), a justice wanna-be trying to do some good, a quasi-socialist, and a nondenominational recovering know-it-all slowly falling back in love with the Church.
I write about the intersections of a spirit-filled life: About my own faith and spirituality, about what love looks like for us, my mothering, ecclesiology, theology, women’s issues, social justice, my own struggling journey, politics, and pretty much everything else that you are not supposed to discuss in polite company. I call this alchemy “narrative theology” because I’m usually just wanting to write what I think and experience about God and the best way I know how to do that is through story-telling. It’s not a real genre.
I write about my family: About the past 12 years with my husband, Brian, imported from America’s heartland. About our eldest daughter, Anne, now 6. About our son, Joseph, 4 years old, whose birth story about being born in a parkade is always a good icebreaker. And often about Evelynn Joan, our littlest girl; she was born at home – on purpose this time. I write about attachment parenting, and life after the move from the city to the valley by a blueberry farm with a few owls now. And about the benefits of tea, books, British television, and popcorn for supper – with a glass of wine.
I write about my writing life: My first book, Jesus Feminist, will be published by Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster on 5 November 2013. I like to think of it as a gentle, but provocative, love letter to the Church about the voice of women. My second book, also with Howard Books, is tentatively called Recovering Know-It-All: How a Cynical Follower of Jesus Fell Back in Love with the Church. When I’m not penning chapters, I’m typing pieces for print or for corners of the internet where I regularly contribute. I am an editor for A Deeper Story and a monthly contributor for SheLoves Magazine - they are my tribe.
Here are a few of my favourite posts from this writing out my life.
Take a deep breath, settle down here for a while, and tell me your thoughts. There is room for you here.