Spiritual Discipline & Contemplative Practices


How motherhood changed my theology (Coming out as an affirming Christian)

How motherhood changed my theology (Coming out as an affirming Christian)

My children cannot un-belong to me with poor behaviour, lifestyle choices, or even heinous actions. They are always my children. And I will always be here for them. Their choices might move them “away” from me physically or relationally, but I will never disown them, they are part of me, always.

A summer of resiliency and why I'm still a Christian

A summer of resiliency and why I'm still a Christian

As pandemic spring bleeds into pandemic summer I'm digging deep into my spiritual and emotional reserves, into the knowing I've developed through years of living - that we're going to get through this. It's going to be messy, we're going feel crappy about a lot of things, but we will get through.

A journal for Spring (and yes, it's still winter)

A journal for Spring (and yes, it's still winter)

I love seasonal rhythms and routines. And I know many of you do also. Which is why I'm excited to tell you about 52 Mondays: Spring Session, a seasonal mindfulness journal.

Working part-time, throwing another ball in the air

Working part-time, throwing another ball in the air

Working part-time has been like throwing another ball in the air and adjusting everything else to accommodate it. And it makes me feel vulnerable because now there's another person in my life who I might disappoint. Tasks I might not be able to accomplish. Maybe I'll fail.

Hello Darkness my old friend

Hello Darkness my old friend

I thought I'd be able to power through my agenda, which included my writing agenda, and my to-do's with the happy ease of joyful holiday anticipation. And maybe I could have, but life happens. We read things, we see things, we have conversations; the pain, loneliness, and fear comes back to us afresh. Stuff slips through the cracks.

Pilgrim Year

Pilgrim Year

Pilgrim Year is a seven-book series that draws from the rich tradition of the Christian calendar to provide thoughtful reflections, poetry, and music that help the reader experience the rhythms of the liturgical seasons.

Spiritual Direction, Art as Spiritual Practice & Female Friendship

Spiritual Direction, Art as Spiritual Practice & Female Friendship

An interview with Christine Hiester where we explore the pain of spiritual and personal crisis, having both gone through experiences like that. And we consider paths of healing in art and creativity, spiritual companionship, friendship, and new and expansive understandings of God.