My name is Crystal and I’m a religion writer, having written for my own websites and some others that you may know, such as the Huffington Post and Patheos.
This particular website is my personal blog, which is about the practice of religion in all of its forms, writing in general and my experiences as a new fiction writer.
Some of you may remember a blog that I maintained for around five years; it contained a large catalog of articles about the experience of releasing myself from religious fundamentalism. While I no longer write about that topic, I remember fondly how those writings facilitated an unique and meaningful element of community catharsis for both myself and for the readers who shared in my journey. In the interest of crafting a new direction for this website, I’ve archived most of my old writings, however those who are interested in reading about my evolution and the nontraditional theological conclusions that I drew along that route are encouraged to grab my book, By the Waters of Babylon: A Collection of Doubter’s Devotions, which is available on Amazon.
I have a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies, which I earned while studying world religions and interfaith dialogue at Wesley Theological Seminary. While in seminary, I also earned a Graduate Certificate in Muslim-Christian Dialogue through the Washington Theological Consortium. I earned a second master’s degree in Humanities at Tiffin University, and I would love to pursue a Ph.D. at some point in my future.
I’m a churchgoing Christian who has happily made her home in the United Church of Christ denomination, but there’s no “statement of faith” on this website. Creeds are nice, but I’m more concerned with making sure my life is a statement of faith. Having said that, I suppose I should share that while I am a Christian, I unapologetically affirm and respect the peaceful paths of people who practice other religions. I have learned a lot from the traditions of others and have often found it helpful to incorporate their wisdom where I can. As a result, I should share that while I am a Christian, I am also at times very Buddhist, I rock hard with my New Age tribe and I would certainly not be who I am if I hadn’t become a student of the wise and ancient Tarot. I believe the love of God is wide and deep enough for all of us, in every religion. I hope you’re able to detect my love for humankind and my love for our vast and welcoming God in the words found here.
Thanks for your interest in the stories I create.