Author: amy j howton

  • seeds

    i’ve just arrived home from celebrating the consecration of my dear friend, Phyllis Spiegel as Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Utah. it was truly a consecration, literally meaning “with-the sacred”. sacred and sacramental: an outward expression of what already is. to make holy/ wholly. honoring reality by making explicit what was already implicit. Phyllis […]

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  • writing my way…

    sometimes i come here with a clear message. sometimes it is to follow and work out threads of story and to make meaning of life. sometimes it is to simply be with myself. now is one of those times. i’m reminded of a favorite quote by sportswriter Red Smith : “there’s nothing at all to […]

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  • an anniversary with Truth

    seven years ago today, i resigned my job at the University of Cincinnati where i had worked for thirteen years. my resignation came in response to institutional bullshit and dishonesty that i refused to participate in any longer. the decision was part protest and part self-preservation. i chose the truth. i chose my Self. i […]

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  • the mama’s heart

    home, the morning after returning from co-hosting Feminine Wisdom retreat as much in the inner home swirls and finds it new arrangement, the external home does so, too. so much big life stuff: Kate returns from New Hampshire weeks of being in her joy, coming home to face Hannah’s absence and Bo’s presence. Thomas going […]

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  • knowing what we know

    when i was eighteen years old, i witnessed my beloved cat, Suzie get hit by a truck and killed. i’d been calling her from across the street to come home. she hadn’t listened. i turned away from her to go back inside when i heard a truck coming down the street. panicked–knowing our pattern and […]

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  • thunderstorm

    it is wednesday morning. glorious thunderstorms. the skies are sharing in this powerful, heartwrenching time of acceptance. hannah died six days ago. through her death, there has been access to Love. the veil, thin and at times, completely dissolved. it is a holy time. all is sacred. in times like these, all is here to […]

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  • true religion

    a couple of weeks ago, i attended a friend’s consecration in her new gig as a priest. the ceremony was beautiful, a time of honoring a new story in the chapter of this community. during the sermon, the meaning of religion was offered, returning us/them to the purpose of faith community. it was pointed out […]

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  • solstice and a revolution

    summer solstice was tuesday. in the days leading up to solstice and in these days since, i’ve been so tuned in to the power of this time of year. after all, humans have been paying attention to these astronomical patterns in nature since the beginning of time. we have devoted our lives to constructing sacred […]

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  • initiation

    my son’s high school graduation is tomorrow. today, marks pentecost in the Christian tradition. last night, was a night of magic as sister-friends and i planned a Feminine Wisdom journey. tomorrow, i begin a week-long Intensive in the Living School. all this to say, initiation is on my mind. initiation: the act of growing from […]

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  • homegrowing

    this week i’ve been spinning threads of story related to home, inspired by last week’s celebration of birth. in the weeks leading up to hosting the celebration, i went through a thorough and deep spring cleaning. drawers, closets, shelves all received attention as i followed the impulse to shed. my daughter returning home from college and this […]

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