Kaitlyn Curtice | Finding the Divine in Everyday Places

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Episode 30 of the podcast features an interview with Kaitlyn Curtice. Kaitlyn is a Native American writer, teacher and worship leader. Her writing is beautiful, observant, and gracious. Her book, Glory Happening: Finding the Diving in Everyday Places is a book of stories and prayers that remind you to take a closer look at your everyday circumstances, to find the magical beauty in everyday experiences. It is an invitation to live deeply into every moment with the expectation that something good will find you at the end of the day.

Some of What We Talk About:

  • Staying still and taking in the beauty around you
  • What is the glory of God?
  • The difficulty of slowing down
  • Rhythms of seasons, days, and weeks
  • The first way we learn about God is through nature
  • Reading the Bible as an Indigenous person
  • The temptation of Jesus as wilderness / “learning who you” are story
  • Understanding Jesus as non-white
  • The silence of the Church with respect to Indigenous history
  • The importance of hearing the story of North America’s indigenous peoples
  • What it means to honor the earth or the land
  • Observing glory while doing the dishes or other everyday tasks
  • What it means to stand on holy ground and call yourself blessed
  • Being rooted in gratitude / counting your blessings
  • How to practice silence / why it is difficult
  • Burning sage and sweetgrass as part of prayer
  • Facing the truth in times of silence

Quotes from the Book

“What we choose to see is holy ground for our feet, solace for our tired and often-wandering souls, no matter how everyday. We choose to stop and take in glory; we choose a different reality.”

“God shows up in the whirlwinds,” Barbara (Brown Taylor) would whisper, “in the starry skies, burning bushes, and perfect strangers. When people want to know more about God, the son of God tells them to pay attention to the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, to women kneading bread and workers lining up for their pay.” And the more I read Barbara’s words, the more they became the soft-spoken words of my own heart—the journey I’d started in 2014 when we moved to sunny Georgia, and the journey I began in order to learn more about my Native American heritage.

“I recall why exactly I get to stand on holy ground and call myself blessed in a tiny space with a busy schedule and two toddlers running around me day and night.”

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