In this space I write about faith – what it is like to hold a christian faith, a deconstructing faith, a reconstructing faith and faith that takes our bodies and stories and wounds and joys seriously. A faith on the other side of the box of answers. And I do this because I long to follow the faith-fleshed out in Jesus as he knelt in the dirt, touched the outcasts, broke bread and prayed in the dark.
Maybe it’s a strange theological word – Incarnate. But it has everything to do with a very ordinary, very real life close to the ground. When we say God is incarnate, it means that this faith after him is embodied, fleshed out, made physically real and located here and now while also hoping for what is not yet. An Incarnate Faith will shape how and why we engage in the work of restoring our relationships with our humanness, with the work of building healthy community and how and why we engage in justice – removing obstacles for us and our neighbours to flourish. An Incarnate faith will reach into our souls and pay attention to the longing our bodies, emotions, and minds have to be loved together.
I have my Master’s in Theology from Regent College in Vancouver, BC (as well as a Bachelors of Music in Education). I work as a pastor in a small church and a chaplain in a public university. Doing this pastoring/chaplaining work as well offering spiritual direction has opened up doors to peoples hearts and questions and real life journeys. I feel like I am an always-beginning person of faith and I am beyond grateful and privileged to walk alongside others as they listen for God again and again, always mysteriously anew. I also live a very normal and real life of being a wife, and a mom, with groceries, chores, commutes and feeding the animals being the realest, truest parts of my days.
This is a flesh and blood faith. Not a faith of answers. Or systems. Or ideals. But trust in a good God of things like love, grace and beauty but also of paradox, mystery, embodiment, community, costly justice, death and resurrection. It has to do with your real life. And it has to do with life life of your neighbours, and the life of those unlike you, maybe even the life of your enemy. An incarnate faith is not for the faint of heart.
Living out an incarnate faith grounded in the mercy and justice of an upside-down sort of kingdom has been like finding water in the desert. My hope is that you find the water you are looking for here too.