I love theology.
As a kid, I was fascinated with how other people around the world believed, practiced their rituals and customs, and thought about the world. As part of my adolescent exploratory quest for God and truth, I read a lot of books, listened to Christian radio broadcasts, and attended a variety of churches. This fascination ultimately took me to an evangelical college where I majored in biblical studies.
Although I ultimately ended up having to drop out, my curiosity did not cease; in my adult years, I explored beyond Christianity and spent a year studying Judaism with a rabbi (and decided against conversion), and even lived in a Wiccan temple for a while.
In the spring of 2019, I had a brilliant idea: to create an educational website called “Willow Loves Theology” (kind of like Joanna Loves Science but for theology!) where anyone could learn about theology and its influences on our history, society, culture, and politics. Unfortunately, I was severely burned out due to other commitments that year, and with the years of COVID, this project was put on the back burner and then was mostly forgotten. Since then, I have gone back to school and I am working towards a three-year diploma in divinity, which I hope to complete by the summer of 2024.
I had a grandiose vision but I could not implement it. Then I thought to myself, why not start as small as possible?
The concept behind the Little Free Seminary is simple: I highlight one single concept in theology, in 750 words or less (or five minutes on the audio edition). It is accessible and digestible. You won’t have to sit through an hour-long lecture or read pages and pages of dry texts with long words.
Beyond basic introductions to key theological concepts, there will be an emphasis on public theology: the nexus between religious, and cosmological beliefs, and our social and public issues.
I will also provide footnotes and resources for those interested in learning deeper.
The Little Free Seminary will be one part of this ministry; the other one will focus on spiritual development and faith formation for autistic adults, and it will be a separate publication.
I’d like to cordially invite you to subscribe!
Love and blessings,