Called by the Spirits, but not to the Priesthood: The Mystery of Monasticism

Cabinet with art, sacred objects, and items from natureOne of the two shrines in my sanctuary at home. My goal for this year is to have twice-daily practice with periods of contemplative prayer, in sacred space.

I’ve been pondering, over the course of the last month, my relationship to a “calling” by the Spirits I Serve.  There is a deep knowing, in my own experience, when a spirit calls you and claims you.  I felt that […]

Pagan Identity and the Plague of White Supremacy

Black Lives Matter banner in oak treeBlack Lives Matter banner in historic oak tree at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, CA

I began this post in June of this year, right before spending a summer completely inundated with rather stressful events in my life and in the nation.  As much as I greatly desired to blog, I’ve been battling the kind […]

The Limits of Language

Cement and glass towers reaching toward the sky.Watt's Towers, Los Angeles (Kimberly Kirner 2017)

I sat in the crowded, small auditorium as Gregory Cajete, a Tewa author and professor at University of New Mexico, tried to help us understand a reconciliation between Western science and indigenous integrated science-religion.  In the question and answer session […]