Category: spirituality

6 Celtic Christian Prayer Postures To Help Us Resume Our Practice

Evangelicalism taught me how to pray using my own words; agnosticism taught me to pray using community; paganism taught me to pray in and through nature; and Lutheranism taught me how to pray using a liturgy. So many traditions all woven together to form a rather spectacular tapestry within me. And even with all of these colourful prayer rugs hooked…

Background of a green and red flower with a quote in the foreground: "Let my life be rooted in the ground of your peace, O God, let me be rooted in the depths of your peace. ~ from CELTIC BENEDICTION by J. Philip Newell"

Stillness Is Not Inaction

In the busyness of this day grant me a stillness of seeing, O God. In the conflicting voices of my heart grant me a calmness of hearing. Let my seeing and hearing my words and my actions be rooted in a silent certainty of your presence. Let my passions for life and the longings for justice that stir within me…

Stonehenge on a bright sunny day with text against a blue sky that reads: "Sunlight, firelight, heat, flame - they last for a miniature eternity, piercing through all darkness bringing healing, illumination, and life."

Sacred Fire: Letting Go on the Summer Solstice

It’s time again for the summer solstice — Litha, Alban Heruin, Midsummer. The axial tilt of our earth is the nearest to the sun as it will ever be during the entire year. In Celtic lore, the four albans mark the two solstices as well as the two equinox days. Alban Heruin marks the celebration of the peak of summer…

Black and white pic of two women each holding an infant.

Pride Month Feature: Mariko and Rachel Tinaya

I’m thrilled to introduce you all to Mariko and Rachel Tinaya with their beautiful children, Eli and Sparrow. I first met Mariko when I began my grad work in the Urban Studies program at Eastern University. She was an intelligent, insightful, cheerful person already a year advanced in the program. I was deeply unsure of my place in the MAUS…

On The Feast of St. Columcille

1. Aoibhinn dom bheith air cnoc oileáin Ar barr carraige Go bhféacha mé minic ar an fharraige ciúin. Delightful to me to be on an island hill, on the crest of a rock, that I might often watch the quiet sea. 2. Go bhféacha mé na dtonnta troma Os cionn an t-uisce geal mar canann siad Ceol chig a n-Athair…

Pam Rocker with black t-shirt which reads "It's all fun and gay until someones loses their rights."

Pride Month Feature: Pam Rocker

I’m excited to introduce to you fellow sojourner on this journey call life, Pam Rocker. Pam has dedicated herself to dwelling in the messy in-between of faith communities and the LGBTQ2S+ community. Name: Pam Rocker Pronoun: she/hers   Raised in a conservative Christian evangelical home, Pam originally planned to become a missionary. The reality of her sexual orientation coupled with…

For What Ails Us: On Healing & Cures

My headache begins with a dull tension at the back of my skull.   Here it comes, I think.   It’s not enough to warrant ibuprofen yet, but enough to signal to me that something’s up. I push the tension aside and focus on other tasks of the day. Soon the dull tension rises to a throb behind my left…

Celebrating Pride Month

June is Pride month. To celebrate, I’ll be featuring LGBTQ+ faith and spiritual leaders who are passionate about justice and community. I’m excited to be sharing the words and vision of these people with all of you! So much wisdom to learn from and so much hope. Stay tuned for Friday posts! In the meantime, here are just a few…

The Worship of Perfection

I was sharing some thoughts about launching Reluctant Mysticism with a group of online friends. While I wasn’t intending to go deep theologically, words popped out of my mouth before I registered what I was saying: “Isn’t it heartbreaking that we worship a perfect figure while living in a society that despises our imperfections?” I was referring to Christianity’s belief…

Moving Forward

    Hey friends, You may have noticed some changes happening on Reluctant Mysticism. Check out the new theme and the new pages! Thanks to your support, I’m pursuing ways to help make this writing/blogging passion more a part of my career life. I’ll keep blogging about engaging our spirituality and faith practices after difficult times, while hopefully offering more…