Linda Irene

Risen Savior, Wisdom Teacher

I live in the thin place between Risen Savior and Wisdom Teacher. Rejecting Jesus as Wisdom Teacher because the vernacular is commonly associated with Buddhism makes little sense. Why can't Jesus be whatever Jesus is to those who experience him? Including those who practice other religions. If he's a wisdom

Linda Irene

The Grit & Glory of Heroin and Love.

An unlikely place showed me something more beautiful and profound than the sunrise this morning. It happened at a drug rehab. I was helping a friend who fell into heroin's trap - after three years clean.

Her hands and face were clammy, eyelids drooping from exhaustion, and her speech was

Linda Irene

Sweet People of the Sanctuary.

I was a square peg in a round hole in church. I didn't feel good enough for church since I was 13 years old. If you're from Brooklyn, the F word was part of the vernacular; and I didn't do frilly or pot lucks. As a child, I strived to

Linda Irene

Beat of the Drum in a Canyonlands Cave

A powerful experience of awe and wonder greeted me one warm starry night in the Canyonlands of Utah about a decade ago. We'd hiked far into the backcountry and climbed the red rocks until they met the heavens, to a cave that held about twenty of us - and our

Linda Irene

God as Mother/Pick Your Fights

Mother God. I love that. Not because my feminism demands it, but because it makes all the sense in the world. How can God not be mother too? Over recent years, I've heard Christians concerned or critical that people are worshiping the planet, Mother Earth, instead of God. I've worked

Linda Irene

Reverence: The Soul's Response to the Holy

To touch something holy is an experience many people know, whether through a powerful experience, or in it’s subtle appearance during a quiet moment of wonder. It differs from anything else we encounter in the ordinary course of a day. Ironically, the more familiar we are with it, the