Welcome to Ordinary Eve.
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.
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 increasingly in the place/role 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, run, do yoga, play alternate reality games online and hang out with my friends.