About Me

Erin ThomasHey there, friends. My name is Erin and I’m so glad you’ve found your way to Reluctant Mysticism.

I’m a pastor-in-training with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Most of my professional life has been spent in ministry and nonprofit roles in Alberta, Canada.

I grew up in conservative evangelical circles and experienced major faith fractures in my 20s and 30s. My hope is that people from all faith backgrounds and religions can find ways to explore meaningful spirituality together. In that journey, may we find ways of putting feet under our faith and carve out ways to live in justice and mercy in our local communities.

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  1. Drick
    January 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I like the new look!

  2. January 2, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks! Me too. šŸ™‚

  3. July 18, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Iā€™m writing to ask if you would be interested in reviewing my upcoming book on your blog.

    BTW, thanks for putting me on your blogroll!

    As you might know, I’m a pastor and author. I have a new book coming out on September 18th called: Broken Trust…a practical guide to identify and recover from toxic faith, toxic church, and spiritual abuse. (search: broken trust, remy on Amazon.com)

    More and more people are questioning the tactics of their church leadership. My book is written to help people know what steps to take to leave and/or confront the abuse, find healing, and then, if possible, return to the church.

    Stephen A. Smith, from libertyforcaptives.com, said Broken Trust is the best book he’s read on spiritual abuse out of the countless books he’s read on the topic. That’s high praise, but he’s one person. I’d love to have others review the book as well. (You can read Stephen’s full review on the amazon page for the book.)

    Thanks for considering this.

    F. Remy Diederich

  4. Blaine
    January 17, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Thank You. Your words always have me discerning and reflecting deeper, with much gratitude, B

  5. July 6, 2018 at 8:22 am

    “My hope is that people from all faith backgrounds and religions can find ways to explore meaningful spirituality together. ”

    I think this is a very important statement. I have no religious faith in a conventional sense and am an atheist. And yet the numinous exists.

    For me it is a sense of wonder at the multiverse and the conviction that god can be thought of as a higher wisdom or intelligence.

    I constantly seek to see the face of god, but mine is likely to be an anathema to those of a conventional religious conviction.

    So I think you inclusiveness is both wise and useful.

    • Erin Thomas
      July 6, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Beautifully spoken! Thank you for sharing your perspective. The numinous is indeed worth seeking and exploring.

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