MEET CELTIC WAY CONTRIBUTORS
Producer & Co Host
I cannot recall a time in my life when I was not fascinated with God. The roots of this interest came from walking around the woods I grew up around as a child in rural Wisconsin. Although faith was always meaningful to me, it wasn’t until I met like minded people in college in that I decided to dedicate my life and career to God and spirituality.
As with all of us, we use whatever God provides which for me is a strong, deep, resonating speaking voice. I have used that voice to speak in front of a variety of people regarding faith including teens, homeless, incarcerated, church going and spiritual refugees. A natural overflow of this today is podcasting which I dove into head first with my own show, Jesus Never Ran and now producing and co-hosting shows for a variety of businesses and individuals throughout the country.
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Rev. Stacy Collins
I was introduced to Celtic Way (and Father Scott) by my soul sister, Shani Jones. We both had gone to seminary together and became ordained United Methodist clergy around the same time.
As someone who has worked in the Church for many years, I had been seeking ways to feed my own soul. I have been intrigued by Celtic Spirituality for years, so I attended Breaking Bread Worship. This inspires me to find my rhythm in tandem with the rhythm of the seasons and my daily work.
Celtic Way Musician & Songwriter
My first exposure to Celtic Christianity came as a musician for the Breaking Bread the Celtic Way service in Aurora Colorado. Father Scott’s reflections regularly offer a very personal and intimate way of relating to ourselves and others, which I like. As I become more involved in Celtic Christianity, I see a way of thinking that is not only connected to nature but connected to the whole of life.
We are all part of a great creation, deeply loved and cherished by a great Creator. Celtic Christianity from its earliest traditions has expressed ways of being spiritual as an active practice, not just a belief. A more mature form of Christianity, if you will. [READ MORE ABOUT GARY HERE]
Linda & John Maikowski
We love building relationships and designing environments that support the flourishing of creative community! Through our nonprofit, Transforming Creatives, we work toward the professional development and personal transformation of Colorado's creative culture shapers. It's a holistic work involving the mind, body, soul, and spirit.
We both resonate deeply with Celtic Christian distinctives that embrace a deep respect for and care of nature, reveal truth expressed through art, and embody the way of Jesus through hospitality to the "least of these," as he is quoted saying.
Celtic Way Contemplative Practice
I can still remember the awe I felt as a child in Albuquerque, NM looking up at the night sky and feeling as though I was being drawn right into the heart of the Milky Way. There’s a shimmering sparkle to the light there, especially at dusk. My dad said it was the dust, but to me it was magical.
This love affair with nature has continued all my life in car camping through the National Parks and Canada, hiking and backpacking, and sailing the coast of southern California. I’ve always felt whole and loved in the beauty of God’s creation. However, it took a while to connect these feelings with the God of church and the Bible.
Celtic Way Presenter
Raised in rural Nebraska I thought God resided in the Sanctuary of Methodist church. While I have warm fuzzy memories of the structured denominational church and have certainly experienced the best of what that can be, my most transformational experiences have come from Christian community outside the ‘church’ as we know it.
I'm involved with the Celtic Way because of it's value on equality and care of all God's creation. I hear what I have known in my heart all along--that the light of God is within me and that I am inherently good--inherently God. That we are loved just as we are and called to be the likeness of God. This is the journey I am on thanks to the Celtic Way.
I grew up on a small farm and have lived in and been nourished by Christian communities all my life. And though I am steeped in Scripture my most enlightening and challenging experiences have come again and again from the natural world and from relationships with people and animals. During my career in cardiac nursing and from my ongoing involvement with gardening, birding and hiking God has, for years, been nudging me earthward and inward, back to my roots in the created world... [READ MORE FROM EILEEN HERE]