Contributors

Currently, the list of contributors to this website is rather small. As a matter of a fact, it’s simply one person.
Hi.
I’m Katie.

I’m always learning – about myself, about the world, about anything that will teach me.
And the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know. But I’ve also learned that the best and most abundant experiences of my life are always the ones grounded in love, compassion and shalom – a concept of peace that digs deeper than absence of conflict into the place of wholeness, healing and completion. If you’d like to know more about why I write – you can read Why Are We Whispering.

I guess, I *could* give you a list of all my credentials and qualifications for writing about these subjects, but I think I’d rather not. The only credential that matters is that I am alive and I want to live more abundantly.

I invite you to join me on this journey.

I’m always looking for contributions or other authors, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to become part of the Whispered Life!

As they say in Ireland, “Céad Mile Fáilte” or “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes”

Letting Go

Posted by on 29 Sep 2017 in Breathe | 0 comments

Letting Go

10 years ago, I stood with a friend from Dublin, Ireland in a church in Belfast, Ireland. Now for many of you, that comment may seem innocuous enough, without knowing the history of the “Troubles” in Ireland. Leave it to the British Isles to take a religious conflict with violence, terrorism, dehumanization, and significant destruction of community, and simply call it “Troubles.” But there we were. I had come to support a friend deliver a message – I honestly can’t remember what it was, but she asked me to...

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I Believe In Us

Posted by on 2 Jun 2017 in Dream, Home | 0 comments

I Believe In Us

I believe in us. I mean that. The last 9 months have felt like a train wreck for a number of those in my circles. People have felt threatened – have experienced personal violence and attacks because of the current political climate. We’ve watched the violence and hatred increase, and it seems like all of the most disgusting and vile things in our country are coming to the light like an infestation of cockroaches. I have never been more astonished by what I’ve seen in the political arena than I have been since November. And...

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From Easter, 2016

Posted by on 6 May 2016 in Breathe, Reveal | 0 comments

Today is Easter. It feels a bit arbitrarily dated this year, and I almost feel as if I didn’t catch up. I’ve been so caught up in Jewish rhythms this year that my own liturgical rhythms have been a bit more muted. I’m still wrapped up in Purim and deliverance and courage and honor – and so my reflection on Resurrection feels so different this year. We went to church, and it was so uplifting and fun. My  “mom” up here in Canada is a pastor of a dynamic little congregation, and like many other evenings with...

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Permission to Grieve

Posted by on 7 Apr 2016 in Breathe | 0 comments

Permission to Grieve

Well, it seems like grief is going to be my subject of choice for a little while. I missed February and March, and now, here in April, I’m circling back to the subject. I was listening to a podcast today, by Ben Katt (you can find it here: The RePLACING CHURCH Podcast), on having permission to grieve. Some of what he says is similar to what I’ve been saying for years: that we as a people – Western, individualized, bootstrapping (and particularly Christian) people – have rejected grief as an emotion of weakness and of...

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On grief… the strange, sharp poignancy

Posted by on 11 Jan 2016 in Breathe | 0 comments

On grief… the strange, sharp poignancy

Today, I would have texted her. I would have told her I loved her. I would have laughed about whatever shenanigans she was up to. And this year, I would have loved to hear about how she’s enjoying being a mommy. How her little girl is growing so quickly, and how she’s figuring out work-life balance – because I know she would have kept her science career alive and vibrant. I would have reminded her that the world was a better place because she was born, and that she not only was destined for great things, but was already...

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Expectation and God’s Goodness

Posted by on 1 Dec 2015 in Reveal | 0 comments

Expectation and God’s Goodness

It’s the season of Advent. A season of expectation and waiting. In the ancient text about Jesus written by Luke, we have two songs of expectation. One from a young woman, and another from an old man, both glorifying God for His goodness, His restoration, His power. But imagine if you will, the voices of these two people. Mary – a young Jewish woman, found pregnant before marriage. Formerly known for her faithfulness and devotion to the Lord, now she is seen as ruined, tainted. Joseph, her betrothed, most likely was encouraged to...

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May We Never Lose Our Wonder

Posted by on 17 Nov 2015 in Breathe, Imagine | 0 comments

May We Never Lose Our Wonder

World events in the last few weeks have given me cause to wonder. In both positive and negative ways. I’m naturally a reflective person, so any time events happen, my heart turns to mulling over ideas and trying to understand. It’s been heartbreaking to see the response to attacks of terror, especially from those who label themselves Christ-followers or Christians. The response of fear, hatred, anger and venom have reflected something that is very Anti-Christ. It’s completely against the Good News that we are supposed to...

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Samhaim: winter’s approach

Posted by on 2 Nov 2015 in Breathe | 0 comments

Samhaim: winter’s approach

Today is November 2, one day after Samhaim. Samhaim is a festival celebrated by the Celts that signifies the end of summer and the beginning of winter. It signals the storing up of a rich harvest and the preparation for a long journey into the encroaching darkness. We’ve dressed it up all funny with Halloween. It’s lost so much of its significance. I’m not a Celt, although my heritage is wrapped up in the Emerald Isle. I’m not a pagan, and so, the celebration of the holiday is a bit different for me.  Did I mention...

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When will it be the right time?

Posted by on 6 Oct 2015 in Dream | 0 comments

When will it be the right time?

Once again, husband and I are entering a season of transition. It seems to be a regular thing for us, so I wonder whether or not I can even call it “again” – or if I should just call it “still.” We have been with friends here in Seattle, but now that time is drawing to a close, and we are caught in a little bit of limbo. It’s about timing right now. It’s time for us to leave, but then there are others we’re praying about being in community with, but the timing isn’t quite right....

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Learning How Life Works… Again

Posted by on 12 Jan 2015 in Breathe | 0 comments

Learning How Life Works… Again

It’s been almost a year since my last post. Not for lack of thoughts or things to say. But it’s been almost a year since I’ve had a moment to myself, to sit and reflect consciously on my life – and the things I care about. In May of 2014, I welcomed a little girl into my world who has challenged, stretched, delighted, and changed me. And she’s also been teaching me – all over again – how life works. The way I used to do things doesn’t work anymore…

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