Here’s an interview with Barbara Price. Barbara is a fascinating woman who has done all kinds of things in her life. She currently serves at Saint Peter’s in Amherst.
Name: Barbara J. Price
Realm: Spirituality, Justice
Occupation: Priest and spiritual companion; human/animal/environmental rights worker Age: —
THE THREE QUESTIONS
What is my dream for the world?
Freedom. What do I mean by that? It’s simple – but not easy. We are bound by so much: our stories (the ‘real’ ones and the ones we tell ourselves), our context, addictions (to substances and/or behaviors), and on and on. When I say ‘we’ I mean us as individuals and the collective ‘we’ – families, groups, communities, countries… Our bondage keeps us from being free to make positive choices, and most of all keeps us from being able to openly and fully love one another and all of creation. My best dream for the world is that we would make the commitment to working for freedom, our own and others – freedom to live in wholeness, to love ourselves, others, and creation expansively and with no exceptions.
When did you know that God loves you?
I was about eight years old and there was a health crisis in my family. My mother directed me to pray for the family member whose health was in jeopardy. I remember kneeling by my bed and praying fervently for her healing. The healing came, thank God, and I made the connection then and there that God was listening. I know what a blessing that episode was in my life – I’ve asked myself the question – What if she hadn’t been healed? But she was healed, and the lessons learned were deep and have grown deeper. How did I connect that event with knowing that God loved me? Then and now, I believe God hears my prayers and cares what happens. Real love, after all, is not a warm fuzzy feeling – it’s an action verb. I know God loves me because I can see God’s love in action.
When did you know that God loves everyone, no exceptions?
My memory doesn’t consciously include a time when I didn’t believe that God loved the world. But it doesn’t stop with people – God loves the world – the seas and skies, the land and all that dwells therein, all creatures great and small, and people, too. No exceptions. My work with refugees and human/animal/environmental issues underscores that if we want to part of the great love of God, we have to get into action to help others know freedom – no exceptions.