About

Jim Friedrich is an Episcopal priest, liturgical creative, filmmaker, writer, musician, teacher and retreat leader. His itinerant ministry is devoted to religious imagination and holy wonder. He lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

17 thoughts on “About

    • I am glad you found my blog. The subtitle is from T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” and expresses something of what I’m after in this writing, finding thematic unity among sometimes radically different elements.

  1. So glad to have discovered your blog today. As a writer, an Episcopalian and struggling long-distance runner, I look forward to reading your posts and learning much. “Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind” (Psalm 26.2)

    • Thank you for this, and welcome to the journey. As you will discover, the topics can be eclectic here, but I hope they always honor the advice of one of my greatest teachers, Robert McAfee Brown, who told my graduating class fifty years ago, “Don’t ever lose your sense of wonder.”

  2. Happy to meet you yesterday at St. Paul’s! I loved this Ascension reflection – thanks for sharing this.

      • Murielle –– Thank you for your exquisite and moving art, which seems even more relevant and necessary in a time when everything is in flux, and we need to hold a vision of the good, the true, the beautiful––deeper and more elemental than the things we fear. I am so grateful for artists who show us the light. Be well.

      • Thank you for your words which find a strong resonance in me. I believe in the strength of beauty, truth and love. They are the intrinsic founders of nature’s archetype – of the divine creation in communion with the divine human nature. The fears and the cruelty raise the separation and the duality. That’s why my painting is always in flux, in metamorphosis. Felicitations to your great work. Would you allow that I take your last answer in the next post of my instagram? Warm regards, Murielle

      • Murielle – Please feel free to use anything I write here. I like very much what you say about the flux which transcends the fixity of dualistic paradigms. I once heard about a priest who works with skateboarders. He said they preferred to use “flow” as their word for the divine, drawing from their own experience of embodied flux. I just read something from an essay by Thomas Mann which seems to echo your perspective. “The sea! The infinite!” he writes, celebrating the formlessness of the ocean, which mirrors his own “dislike of division and measurement.” Peace and blessing, Jim

  3. Thank you for your generosity. I will mention your name of course. Thomas Mann, yes, his thoughts are immensely deep. With all my thankful regards, stay well and be blessed. Murielle

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