Hi, beautiful beings!
I'm that quiet, nerdy, artsy, bookish kid in the corner of the classroom that you remember when you were in your fifth grade, that underperforming misfit in class whom you wouldn't know about their genius.
I'm an enigma, or as someone who once said to me, a rare wildflower one would not find until they'd hiked a distance through rugged terrains.
I think I have always been a born rebel and a free spirit.
In the 21st century, I have been a dropout, then a serial entrepreneur, then a minister, then an activist and community organizer, and then back to entrepreneurship and art, as well as being an academic.
I'm one of those rare and odd people these days, who is "religious not spiritual." In fact, I'm kind of wary of those who claim to be "spiritual not religious" since they lack structure and discipline, accordingly, anything goes and their emotions become the ultimate arbiter. I feel this is very limiting, when the buck stops with yourself and has nothing transcendent beyond your feelings, desires, or passions.
As someone who is neurodivergent, I did not possess some of the basic human instincts such as conscience, sense of right and wrong, and empathy as a young child. Still I do not fully understand the vagaries and nuances of human life and this remains one of my greatest challenges. Fundamentalist Christianity provided me, at the onset of adolescence, the much needed system of understanding morality and ethics, as well as the structures upon I built my values and behaviors.
I've explored theologies, doctrines, and traditions of many faiths since I was maybe 10 or 11 years old. Those topics intrigued me because they gave me a window to learn why people think and behave certain ways. Eventually I have studied at an Evangelical liberal arts college and a seminary. Theology (which I usually spell thexlogy these days) still is my interest area
, as well as sociology and history of religions.
There was also a time when I was an ordained priest in a breakaway Reformed Catholic (which in reality was a cross between Anglican and Lutheran) denomination (hence in a "valid but illicit" apostolic succession). I survived for about two and a half years. Around that time, I was also a Benedictine oblate.
At various points in my life, I was affiliated with, or in the process of joining (and left before joining), a Christian Reformed church, the Jehovah's Witnesses, a fundamentalist Baptist church, several Pentecostal churches (of various sizes, ranging from a start-up Assemblies of God congregation that met at someone's living room to one of the largest megachurches in the Pacific Northwest), Reform Judaism, Unitarian Universalist churches, United Church of Christ, Metropolitan Community Church, the Anglican/Episcopal Church, a number of Neo-Pagan communities, and a Unity church. But oddly enough, I was never raised religious; in fact, both of my parents were anti-religion and secular. This might have worked in my favor because religion was never forced down my throat and my rebellious tendency found an outlet in church instead of gangs or drug addiction.
I am a 6w5
, if you care about those things. These days I am mostly aligned with New Thought, though all the above-mentioned traditions continue to inform my perspectives and thinking.
At heart I am a perpetual traveler, always curious and in search of knowledge, and fiercely independent.
I look forward to hearing from you!