Posts by Katie North

Habits of Adoration

Posted By on Jun 13, 2018

In the course of my life so far, I have developed and leaned into what Tish Harrison Warren calls “habits of adoration” in her chapter on sanctuary and savoring. God wired me with an eye for beauty and a heart tuned to wonder. My personality lends itself to delight, and if you know me well, you know that well. Whether it’s closing my eyes when I taste something delicious, or cheering aloud every time I see Mount Hood, or completely...

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The Living-ness of the Church

Posted By on Jun 6, 2018

The Church is one of my very favorite things about this wild, broken, beautiful faith of mine. I’ve treasured a quote from a theologian I follow on Twitter named Broderick Greer who said, “The Church isn’t ‘cute’ or ‘inspirational.’ It is the living, mangled, and risen Body of Christ.” It is a Body of people—real people with hearts and wounds and favorite colors and preferred sides of the bed. The Church is my family, my home. The...

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Faith in Real Time

Posted By on May 30, 2018

In this chapter of Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Harrison Warren writes about the ways of waiting by using traffic as an illustration. She says how, when we’re stuck in traffic on I-5 or 217, we are best reflecting our embodiment as people of faith—we’re on a journey to somewhere, with no control over God’s time. I hated that metaphor for the accuracy of it. That’s not just because I don’t like traffic (does anyone really?). It...

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Practicing Presence

Posted By on May 22, 2018

This week’s chapter about email, blessing, and sending reminded me of my favorite saint and mystic—Brother Lawrence. Born in the seventeenth century in France, Brother Lawrence was a Benedictine monk who lived and worked in a monastery in the kitchen and as a sandal maker for most of his life after sustaining an injury in the Thirty Years War. The main theme in his life was practicing the presence of God. This means that in whatever...

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Confessions of a Peacefaker

Posted By on May 16, 2018

I like to think that I’m a “peacemaker.” I live my life in hopes of creating and keeping peaceful, beautiful, sacred spaces for and around my relationships. I want to make people feel safe to speak with me—to share their stories and lives. I want to be an empathetic listener, for I believe that it is through less speaking and more listening that the world’s hurts will be healed. However, I fall short of my goals more often than I...

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