The Rev. Peter C. Boullata
I am an ordained minister currently doing doctoral studies in psychotherapy and spiritual care. I’ve made my living as a pastor, a bookseller, and a writing tutor and teacher in two countries, two states, two provinces, and six towns or cities. I have avid interests in post-colonialism, liberation movements, and the spirituality of cultural resistance. I am particularly interested in the intersections of religious naturalism, process theology, queer liberation, contemplative and other spiritual practice, social justice activism, and the arts. These are the sorts of things I like to think and write about.
My calling, as I understand it, is to equip others to live inspired, powerful lives.
My religion informs and inspires my hope for a world of peace and plenty, cooperation and compassion, justice, pleasure and beauty. I embrace the scientific story of the universe as humanity’s common sacred text and as an inspiration for living a life of attention, wonder, and praise. I ally myself with that spirit of wonder, curiosity and sympathy wherever it is found and aspire to cultivate it in myself, my communities, the people I serve, and the wider world. I frequently join together with others in Quaker meeting for worship, Unitarian Universalist congregations, writing workshops, storytelling festivals, protest marches, classrooms, and yoga studios. I also like to spend time alone going for walks, reading literary essays and speculative fiction, and cooking delicious wholesome food.
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A distinctive phrase from the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), “holding somebody in the Light” is a way of praying for somebody, as in “I will hold you in the Light.”
To be held in the Light is to be the subject of loving concern and prayerful attention.