Got life all figured out?
Congratulations! This site is not for you. If you’re like me, full of questions about how and why we’re here– Welcome! This project explores questions about faith, about being human, about relationships… A faithful life turns your brain on, not off! Christianity doesn’t promise easy answers; it affirms our responsibility for facing up to the challenges and questions life brings us…
Why I’m not here to offer easy answers.
Because I don’t have any. What I will do is pull together doubts and challenges that I’ve struggled with over the years, all in one place. Questions about God and meaning and human purpose are big and wide, with room for all. I invite you to draw alongside and ponder God and life with me.
Although I’m a minister, a person who’s supposed to be an expert on God, I have lots of unanswered questions. In fact, it’s my questions that send me chasing after God, that push me out into the world to look for holiness and purpose. It’s the nagging uncertainties that make me open my eyes and ears to the world, and challenge me to think and imagine an authentic response to this life.
There are few things harder than living in community with each other! Listen in to the “Live Creatively, Friends!” podcast on your favorite platform, as The Rev Dr Jacqueline Soltys explores the ever-present tension between independence and interdependence in our lives. Wide-ranging ponderings that dig deep into what Christianity might say to contemporary, thinking believers (and skeptics).
This podcast is part of The Questions Project: an exploration of questions about faith, the Bible, and the Christian life today with The Rev Dr Soltys, an Episcopal priest. For more about the project, and for additional links and resources, visit jsoltys.org
Trailer jazz by Stuart D Henderson. Cover art based on folk art by The Rev Carleton Bakkum.
A brief meditation on the Christmas message, who it’s for, and what it is to be human. A message for this COVID Christmas.
“Faith is not for overcoming obstacles; it is for experiencing them—all the way through!”Richard Rohr
“I began to trust the questions themselves to lead me beyond answers to understanding….”Joan D. Chittister
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