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Blog of the Grateful Bear

ramblings of a freelance panentheist {"all things are in God, and God is in all things"} . . . musings on Emergent spirituality, powerlifting, LGBTQueer issues, contemplative prayer, mysticism, cats, music, healing, and more. I like my coffee and my existentialism dark-roasted.

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Location: Marietta, Georgia, United States

I'm an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), in private practice in Marietta, Georgia. My writings on queer spirituality have been published in Whosoever and several other magazines. I live in a house-in-the-woods (Bear's Hermitage) in Marietta with Leonidas (Lenny) and Guy, Mighty Warrior Cats, and way too many books.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Advent: The Irrational Season

This is the irrational season
When love blooms bright and wild.
Had Mary been filled with reason,
There'd have been no room for the child.

~ Madeleine L'Engle


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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Advent: Returning

The season of Advent – the time of waiting for Light in the midst of darkness – is an appropriate time to address the “dark night of the soul” I’ve been experiencing over the past six months. I’m feeling very deeply drawn to return to the Episcopal Church, my spiritual home from 1993 through 2007. I'm feeling a need for the stability and familiarity of the Liturgy, and the deep connection with ancient traditions that the Anglican Communion provides.

I’m joining the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. St. Philip’s offers a wealth of resources to explore the contemplative aspects of the Christian tradition: centering prayer and lectio divina, the labyrinth, Taize services, morning and evening prayer, and more. I feel a need to sink my roots down deeply in these ancient traditions and practices. I am also drawn to the beauty of the Cathedral itself, as well as the beauty of the prayer-book Liturgy and especially the Eucharist. St. Philip’s has stated as one of its goals for 2009: Providing Solace in Times of Anxiety.

When he was here in Atlanta last month, theologian Peter Rollins said (to a crowd of 60 “Emergents” packed into the back room of Tilt Coffee Shop): “God is not the patch we put on the wound of our unknowing. God is the wound.” I am returning to the Episcopal tradition looking for a deeper connection with that Wound, and a deeper relationship with Jesus the Healer.


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