About

Rise up from the stump of sorrow, and be green also
like the diligent leaves
A lifetime isn’t long enough for the beauty of this world
and the responsibilities of your life.
(Mary Oliver, from “The Leaf and the Cloud”)

About the blog…

After finishing my graduate studies in sociology of religion, I started this blog as a place to write about my faith, not just my doctrinal theology. This blog is about imperfect, daily, living spirituality.

Here I share about things like my belief in the unbelievable love of God, my desire to live fully alive, and my conviction that we should worship with our whole bodies.

I tell stories about the lessons I have learned in mundane places, like the laundromat and the dentist. And I talk about what I’ve been reading and what’s next on my bookshelf.

Thanks for taking time to be here! Please stay a while and share in the conversation!

About me…

Headshot 2014

I’m a Midwestern girl at heart who has lived on both coasts.

I have had a lot of adventures — guiding canoe trips in the Great Lakes region, serving an Americorps year of service as a recess coach in Oakland, building homes in rural Ecuador, climbing mountains and backpacking in the desert. But these days, I spend my time working with youth and families in an old stone church in New England.

My theology bears the marks of the many places and people I have loved — from the conservative evangelicals of my hometown, to the feminist Catholic professors who taught me in college, to my queer seminary classmates.

I have learned something valuable about Jesus from all of them and look forward to what each day might teach me about the deep, wide love of God.

I love living in community, biking to work, reading fantasy novels, and taking pictures of bees on flowers.

3 responses to “About

  1. Hey Bristol,
    I couldn’t find your email. So glad to find this page. Yes, of course, you are totally welcome to quote me. BTW I am so glad to have found your blog. You are a thoughtful writer and clear communicator. I look foward to reading more.

  2. I am looking forward to reading more of your delicate and well thought posts. I found you after searching …”Stopped praying…..” Thank you. I am a new AmeriCorp hire for the summer here in Butler, PA. I am also a college student at age 52, working toward a Bachelor degree in Christian study as Child and Family Service Counselor.

  3. Cydni Joubert

    Hi, I came across your page as I was reading about Psalm 23. I started exploring your page and saw that I have the book that you wrote your story in. My mom worked with one of the other writers and I got the book a couple of years ago. Anywho, just wanted to say hi! I just thought it was funny that I have that exact book and then years later, I find your blog. Have a good day!

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