Every Monday, we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community and to give you some hope as you begin your week.
Author Barbara Brown Taylor shared about a time she was invited to speak and her host assigned her this topic: “Tell us what is saving your life right now.” Taylor says it’s too good a question to not revisit every once in a while: what are the things—big or small—that are saving us? So, here in our Sunday Gatherings at Watershed we've invited those who are in blocs or serving within the context of our community to take the stage and share how and where God is showing up in the everyday of their lives
This week, meet Kate!
Hello! My name is Kate Monts, and my husband David and I have been a part of Watershed for 7 years. We came one Sunday in September, and (3) days later I went to a Her Bloc and have never looked back. I’ve been involved in Preface, Her Bloc, One Bloc, and am currently in a Relationality Bloc. I’ve also volunteered in Greenhouse for 7 years. We also have (2) wild women : Libby is (3) and Mary Craft is almost (2).
My answer to what is saving me right now is a common one, probably one you’ve all had at some point : Russian history. I’ve always loved history and learning about different cultures and time periods, and for a few months now I’ve been really invested in Russia. I’ve listened to about one hundred hours of the Russian Rulers History Podcast which has informed me the most. I’ve also been enthralled with TV shows like Chernobyl, The Americans, and The Romanoffs. I’ve read countless articles and have a stack of books to supplement my podcast obsession.
Listening to facts and figures that paint a picture of a world view so different than my own, 21st century American mindset makes me think more critically and globally about what I think I know and what I think is timeless and true. I am a white heterosexual cis gender upper middle class able bodied married woman, and my privilege has greatly influenced how I see myself and others. I’m trying to unlearn some thinking patterns, and open myself up to different perspectives and points of view. Being a student of history is the best way I know how to do that.
The sheer amount of different experiences from people all over the world, in my specific case, Russia for the past 1200 years, has made me look at God differently. And look at who I believe Jesus the Christ, or the Universal Christ as Richard Rohr so brilliantly described him. At some point in our lives we will be disillusioned by something or someone; we will be forced to unlearn and relearn some patterns or behaviors, and we will face challenges we don’t know how to think or feel ourselves out of.
I was married at 21, and thought that marriage to a man who loved God and me would, for the most part, feel like a fairy tale. We are 10 years in, and they have not all been a piece of cake.
I thought when we were ready to have a baby it would be a few months of trying, or even better, a complete surprise! After a year of doctors visits and bloodwork, our story of starting a family did not look at all like I thought it would.
I thought I would be in complete control of when and how many children we would have. After a pleasant surprise second baby and a terrifying surprise surgery an hour after giving birth to save my life, I will never be able to have more children.
I thought my identity was secure in my career, in my church, in my family. But so far, life has thrown me curve balls and small and large changes that force me to consider what I believe, and why I believe it.
I think intentionally listening to the stories of others broadens our perspective more than anything else in life. We can appreciate another’s struggles and triumphs, and it can illuminate our own pain and joy. As a woman, I’m especially interested in other female’s accounts of their own lives—how they understand their own interior and exterior lives. That is part of the reason I helped create She is Sacred. Nights for females to come together and share and explore, dream and vision cast for ourselves and for each other.
Our next night is in 2 weeks—Friday, November 1 at 7pm. We’re meeting downstairs, and it’s a casual, intimate environment for any woman—Watershed regular or not. Our theme this fall is Empowered, and we’re specifically focused on sharing our own stories, and listening to our sister’s. I am so honored to be a part of this, and sincerely hope all the women here and beyond consider joining us.
Recognizing our own limited perspective, and pausing to consider other perspectives of people with different lived experiences has continually been saving and refining how I view the world. I want to invite each of you to consider whats saving you right now. Thank you.