I believe God is the Creator and that humans are given the desire and ability to create from God. When many spend their days at a desk, studying, reading, writing, typing, and pushing papers, our connection to our createdness and creativity begins to fade. As the sounds of media and technology increase around us, we learn to close our ears to noise, but also loose our ability to listen to each and to God.

I find weaving and spinning provide opportunity to create and to listen. They engage the whole self in creation and prayer.

I began weaving at Holden Village, a Lutheran Retreat Center in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. I explored weaving as a prayer practice through a generous Ministry Fellowship from The Fund for Theological Education.

Shalom is the Hebrew word for an all encompassing peace. It is wholeness and wellness. It is peace in the self, peace for the world.