When I first started this blog, I named it "Spiritual Knitter" because that name captured not only my crafty/creative side but also another huge part of my life and what ultimately became my life's work: spirituality.
My spirituality is nothing if not eclectic (like those items from my home altar). Grounded in the liberal Catholicism in which I was raised (very post-Vatican II church with hippies and the whole thing!), I have also found wisdom in other traditions, including Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism through yoga. I also have been heavily influenced by feminist theology, which I studied at a Methodist seminary at Northwestern University.
I can't sum up all my spiritual and religious beliefs in one post, but I can say this: I think there is something bigger than this world, something most people call God. I don't think God is omnipotent, meaning that God controls everything that happens here on earth. But I do believe that God is with us through all of life's joys and sorrows. Also, as a Christian I believe God entered this world through the person of Jesus, who taught a radical way of being human that focused primarily on social justice and on the belief that life can come out of death in so many ways in our lives. The seasons and life/death/new life cycles of the earth confirm that truth to me.
When people learn I work for a Catholic magazine, they often assume I'm conservative or an apologist for the Catholic Church (I am neither). I do believe that Catholicism can be path that makes sense, and it has more or less worked for me. I also see lots of other viable paths and, like Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (whom I once interviewed), believe it's probably best for people to try first with the path they grew up in. I don't think it's impolite to talk about religion; in fact, I think it's one of the most fascinating things to talk about!
One bit of "spiritual" news is that I finished my book this past weekend. Tentatively titled, As We Wait: Spiritual Reflections for Adopting Parents, it will be published by this small publisher next year. It's been healing for me to write it during our adoption wait, and I hope it can help others who are going through the adoption process. Feels good to be done. Talk about a FO!