As of this year, 2011, I am now 38, doing my Clinical Pastoral Education/Chaplaincy Internship with the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington and All Souls Church. The first two semesters of theological school were amazing and I can’t wait to start again in August! My father died last August, fairly soon after I began this site, and this past year has been full of “firsts:” First Thanksgiving, first birthday, first Christmas, first everything since he died. For initial introduction, see below:
I am Catharine B. Clarenbach, 37 years old at the time of this writing in the high summer of 2010.
I live with my wife and our menagerie of pets. I belong to All Souls, Unitarian, in Washington, DC, and begin my formal theological studies at Wesley Theological Seminary this coming August.
I have lived in a convent as a candidate with a Roman Catholic order of religious sisters. I have led ceremony under the oaks and the stars for 300 people at a time. I have sat in the blessed silence of a Gathered Meeting. I am a great appreciator of religious expression, and I’d love to hear more about others’ expressions, identities, and beliefs, so please feel free to share!
I have a few goals for this blog:
To begin/continue (depending on your point of view) expressing my thoughts in a public way, a way that encourages me to work out enough kinks that I can at least share the reflections and musings;
To encourage discussion among people interested in the topics so that we may all help clarify and deepen one another’s experience and thinking;
To meet new folks who are wrestling with these ideas and experiences, and see what kind of journey we all go on together, apart from merely “honing the knives” of our thinking.
This blog is not about ideas of mine that are set in some kind of pixelated concrete. The point is to generate discussion, to think about questions, and to encourage all of us to reflect on what is in our hearts that bears sharing.