Nothing’s Wasted . . .
I find encouragement to keep learning and growing in this quote from Friar Richard Rohr. I’m convinced every person, place, and experience I encounter can be a gift for co-creating a flourishing life with God. My journey has been an incredible adventure and has shaped who I am today.
Some of the ways I identify are:
- White, cis-gendered, baby boomer, woman
- Southerner, friend, widow, mother to a fabulous daughter and a fluffy cat named Lynxy who sometimes appears on my Instagram
- Daughter of a career Navy man who became an evangelical pastor and a mother that believed a woman’s place was in the home,
- Practical theologian, intersectional feminist, writer, and marketer
- Choral singer, a voracious reader of non-fiction and mysteries
- Probably more . . .
Life has a way of changing on a dime when you’re not paying attention. After a bit, you emerge from the disorder and begin to build a life in a new direction. At least that’s been true for me. After many years of marketing and married life in the suburbs, I left that life and moved ITP (inside the perimeter) Atlanta to focus on learning how to care for myself and those around me.
I’ve been on a journey to uncover the ways my history, culture, and location continue to affect how I live and move in the world. After spending four years in seminary untangling what I believe about God from what I’d been taught, I seek to recognize Spirit at work in creation and in my brothers and sisters on the journey. I wrote my MATS (MA Theological Studies) thesis using autoethnography to explore the journey of looking deeply at my White culture and its history and theology on which I based my identity and how love can transform our lives. I have been seeking to understand how culture shaped me, to let go of old beliefs that limited me, and to embody new beliefs and values.
I continue to work, learn, and grow through writing, reading, reflection, and contemplation. I’ve found spiritual practices to be foundational for paying attention to what’s going on in the world, doing the internal work I still need to do, and taking the actions needed to be in solidarity with my black and brown sisters working for social justice and building a loving community. I am pursuing what it means to integrate all the parts of myself (body, mind, and spirit) and truly embody my beliefs and values. Learning to begin with love is the key. Love for God, yourself, and others.
Writing About What I Notice and Learn
I research, reflect, and write on topics I’m curious about, funny things I notice, the places I see God at work in the world, people, and relationships. I’m still experimenting with the ways contemplation and action help me learn to pay attention. Spirit continually reveals new ways to offer everything I have experienced and learned to nurture the “The Kingdom of God” within so I can be salt and light in the world. You can read some of my musings on my blog, “On the Journey of Love & Action,”
I also love collaborating with others to design, write and produce content, workbooks, and interactive events that engage people in going further on their inner journey. Growing the connection between God, others, and myself through shared experiences of learning and growth brings deep joy.
Marketing for Action and Change
I am excited about using the skills I learned during all my years in the corporate world to benefit non-profits working for societal change and social justice. I love working with entrepreneurs and small businesses doing work in new ways and helping churches use marketing to translate theology into practical action. Read more about my professional background and how I might work with your organization here.