Welcome to Ordinary Eve.
The purpose of this blog is to explore what a Christian response is to the idea that our Western World is moving away from a work ethic towards a play ethic, what that means for our spirituality and our response and reaching out to our world. And to think about what it means to be a Christian woman.
I was originally inspired to start this blog by a talk given by Pat Kane (yes, formerly of Hue and Cry and now a respected academic) who has written a book called The Play Ethic. The book explores the idea that Western society is in transition from a Puritan ethic where work is what gives you value and allows you to become yourself and where play is just a way of letting off steam, towards a society where play is what gives you value and self-actualizes. I was fascinated by how that simple idea explains so much of what spiritual people find difficult or confusing about Western society, why there is an awareness of a disjunct between our expectations of life and what it actually delivers, and what I sense is a certain fear about play and playfulness in relation to religion and spirituality. Certainly we fear what can harm us but we also fear what we don’t understand and we want to destroy it. Hence the Christian right in the States attacks Halloween, Sikhs refuse the staging of a play (appropriate word) that reveals difficulties within their community and so on.
Ethics of spirituality are important, essential, but so I would argue is a spirituality of play – understanding how fundamental play is to our being we sideline or ignore it at our peril. And why would we? We miss out on some excellent Monopoly contests! So I want to explore ideas about the playfulness of God, play in relation to our humanity and a spiritual response to a more playful society.
But I am also interested in the place of women in Christianity and religion in general and I find myself thinking about it more and more.
My name is Katie Streten and I am a Christian, have been for as long as I can remember – with the obligatory wobbles and uncertainties continuing throughout my life! I currently work in Detroit, Michigan for Imagination. The opinions expressed on this blog are mine and may not aways reflect the views of Imagination.
I have been working in the Internet with web technologies since 1995. First at GTi in Wallingford, then at Thomson Science & Professional and before I moved to Channel 4 (where I worked for 7 years) at The Science Museum in London. Play – I sing a lot, I play piano and guitar, I love to read, ski, swim, do yoga, play alternate reality games online and hang out with my friends.