I'm back in Portland this weekend. As I drive the familiar streets back to my beloved community of St. David of Wales Episcopal church I reflected on how nice it felt to be back in one of the places that made me.
When I found this little parish back in 2009 it was after a year long sabbatical from church. A painful experience at my last church had created a need for me to step back,re-evaluate and eventually dismantle some beliefs and assumptions I had agreed to believe.
I began to crave a deeper connection to the magic, the mystery of faith, and the divine feminine energy that had been overlooked and breezed by in my faith communities up to that point.
When I first walked in the door of St. David's I felt welcomed and I felt like I had come home. It was incredible. Each Sunday we affirm the Mystery of our faith: we give it room, we keep seeking, we never arrive.
Today as the Eucharist was being presented the priest said, "Be what you see. Receive who you are." I was profoundly struck. Tears started flowing and I wanted to run up to the front of the line for my turn at the altar.
This is the mystery that a body broken can make you whole. And that blood poured out is an invitation to abundant living.
I want to be this love, this pouring out, this radical acceptance and grand embodiment of peace. I choose to radically receive who I am with the warmest embrace and the biggest kiss. #receivelove #stdavidofwales #staugustin #belovedcommunity