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As you might have guessed, I’m Jo, short for Josephine. I am the person behind the scenes here at Crazy Whole Life, in other words you can only blame me. I thought it might be helpful to know who I am, and why this website exists. And because I’m a human being who really wants to not be misunderstood I also want to be clear about what I’m not.
So here goes: I am an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, which is a type of Christianity. I am indeed a Christian, or as the leader of my faith tradition likes to put it: a Jesus follower. I think his distinction is important because Christianity has been used to justify a bunch of shit down through the years that Jesus wouldn’t have been OK with.
For example, I’m pretty sure Jesus would have called shit, shit and not apologized for his language. But I also believe Jesus would have had no truck with justifying slavery. I don’t think he’d have been OK with excluding women from leadership. And I believe pretty firmly he’d have been marching with civil rights leaders and have turned over tables to protect LGBTQ folks. Jesus hung out with folks that “good people” didn’t want anything to do with. So Crazy Whole Life is first and foremost a safe place for all, no matter who you are.
You are Loved
While I’ve never had kids I’m a fierce ‘mamma bear’ when it comes to being sure everyone is loved, cared for, and safe. That means you are welcome here. It also means you’ve got to abide by the rules of the place. I believe we are all of us precious, beloved creations of a God who is so big we’ll never agree on what that even means. A God who is more mystery than answers, who is somehow in the heart of every sun and of every person. When you are here the rules are simple, treat yourself and everyone else as incredibly precious and unspeakably beautiful. Even the folks who annoy you. (I’m still working on that.)
In case you hadn’t noticed, I swear. I’ve found in life that saying something is “really too bad” when it just plain sucks doesn’t actually help anyone. But saying something sucks, or a situation is shitty when that’s the truth let’s us get on with being honest with each other. And it lets us get on with living our lives as whole people, not “nice” people. I’ve got no interest in nice. You can swear too, but be kind about it, no swearing at each other. Remember, every human being is worthy of love.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean I have all the answers. I mean come on folks, it’s a religion in which God is One in Three and Three in One. If we say we’ve got everything figured out we’re kidding ourselves. That’s a good thing. Partly I’m in the tradition I’m in because we’re open to the questions, because I know we don’t have it figured out, and because we want to hear what you think! Do you have a different background? Good, you’ll make this place richer.
Do you not believe in a higher power at all? Great, come on in, I assume you still want to live a whole and meaningful life (otherwise I think you’re lost, sorry Google sent you here)! Do you think I’m totally wrong? Well that’s not a great place to start but I’d love to have a conversation and we’ll see where it goes. Bottom line, you don’t need to be Christian to hang out here, in fact I’m sort of hoping lots of folks who aren’t will join in. It’s seriously boring to only spend time with people who are just like you.
I’m sassy, I think I’m funny. I’m a geek about a strange collection of things, like Start Trek, Tolkien, Baseball, and liturgy. I’m one of those kids who brought kittens and frogs home to adopt. My house isn’t home without something furry trying to steal my food and my bed. I’m in the middle of my life, just discovering fashion and makeup, and glad to no longer be a young and quite so stupid. I’ve got a herding dog who considers me her sheep (she’s not wrong), a cat who runs the house, a horse who is as stubborn as I am; and a husband who rolls his eyes and loves us all. My soul sings the song of big water and crashing waves. My camera is my art, and I was composing poetry before I knew my letters. I hope to never have all the answers, because the questions are where joy is found.