Author: Terri

Perpetua and Felicity

Religion
One of the classes I took last quarter is the History of Christian Spirituality.  We started out by reading some source documents written about two early martyrs of the church, Felicity and Perpetua.  These two women were from Northern Africa and gave their lives rather than renounce Christianity.  Perpetua kept a diary while she was in prison that tracked her thoughts.  This is especially significant because it speaks to a woman with an advanced education.  Her family was Roman citizens and she was a mother of a two-year-old.  When asked if she would renounce being Christian, she said:   “Father, do you see this vase here?” “Yes, I do.” “Could it be called by any other name?”             “No.” “Well, so too I cannot be called by anything other than what I am, a Christian.”1   The absolu
Resurrection

Resurrection

Religion
Echoes of Beethoven's Ninth as I run joyfully to you. Sprinkled with sounds of child-like laughter bubbling. Creating the moment of opening. In that liminal place between land and sky ashes and baptism.     Poem:  Terri Stewart, April 24, 2009 Photo:  Christine Valters Paintner, http://abbeyofthearts.com/  

Living Authentically in Communities of Faith

Religion
  "You don't have to become something that you aren't to become better than you are." -Sidney Poitier Living Authentically The norm of neighbor-love as applied to faith communities “implies active commitment to the well-being of who or what is loved...the fundamental attribute of love from a biblical perspective is steadfast, enduring commitment to seek the good of who or what is loved[1].”  To ensure that we seek the good of those who we love as neighbors, we must accept each other and ourselves as we are.  This means accepting our own personalities and styles along with accepting the personalities and styles of others.  Being authentic opens us up to our own gifts while seeing the Best Possible Motive[2] in the gifts and personalities of others.    In opening up to my own gif