“Theology isn’t just a set of beliefs or doctrines. It’s how we live. We each have a theology even if we don’t express it in words. Parker Palmer wrote a book that takes for its title a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” My authentic theology is what I do. “
My theology is one of love and justice. It’s grounded in reverence for life: awe and wonder at the intricate beauty of the universe; respect for all beings; and a deep commitment to justice. Respect for the inherent worth of every person emerges from both love and logic, compelling me to a theology of justice. Respect for the interconnected web of life emerges from my every experience with the natural world. I am a person in love with life. In my theology of love and justice, building community is central. In community, in relationships of acceptance and love, we human beings can become our best true selves. Dialogue around our differences helps us learn and grow and have new insights. And when we sense the reality and validity of our connections to others, we instinctively reach out: to stand on the side of love, to create justice in the world. A transformational community of faith inspires us to transform ourselves and our society.
I seek a congregation that welcomes a diversity of religious traditions, theological views, and spiritual practices. I was raised in a Methodist church situated in a Jewish neighborhood, and over the years have had strong Buddhist influences. Instinctively seeking the outdoors as a place of respite, I feel a deep connection to the earth and to the wisdom of native traditions. Comfortable with theists and non-theists, I sometimes describe myself as a religious humanist who longs for something larger than the human ego. I feel connected to all the universe and aspire to co-create it through the way I live and love.
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“In her theology she rejects ‘boxes’ and pre-determined religion. She articulates clearly where she is on her spiritual path and recognizes development as an ongoing process.”