“In my teen years I explored the Quakers, the Buddhists, and even a brief flirtation with the Hare Krishna people.”
My spiritual journey began in my 10th year when I was baptized in the Methodist Church my family attended.
It was enriched by singing in the adult choir when I was 11 and 12 years old. The richness of the old Wesleyan hymns sung in four-part harmony and the frequent classics that the choir would attempt such as the entire Handel’s Messiah, added depth and texture to my seeking child spirit.
In my teen years I explored the Quakers, the Buddhists, and even a brief flirtation with the Hare Krishna people. Coming-of-age in the late 1960s and early 70s meant there was a certain flirtation with enhanced spiritual seeking as well (tune in, turn on, drop out does have a certain ring to it!) but like the Beatles I abandoned it in favor of meditation and right living.
In the fall of 1971 at the tender age of 17 almost 18, I went to a weekend seminar in San Francisco conducted by the Holy Order of MANS. The group combined New Age Unitarian spirituality with classic Catholicism and a spirituality that was based on the Eucharist. It also had female priests and ministers – basically female deacons who were called ministers. I joined that group and attended seminary and in 1977 was ordained a minister.
I met my husband in seminary and we were married in 1979. Around 1989 the group gravitated en masse to Eastern Orthodoxy. My husband was enamored of it and I like many things about it even though it meant giving up my ministry. That was very difficult for me but the alternative would have been leaving my family and striking out by myself which frankly I had no interest in doing. I never relinquished my ordination but rather consider it to be undercover since about 1990.
We were Greek Orthodox until 2010, at which point I became Melkite Catholic and my husband became a Lutheran. I now attend our local, Western Catholic Church since our Melkite mission dissolved.