Monday, January 9, 2012

Erin Dunigan, Interview #158

Your Name: Erin Dunigan

Where you live: Baja California, Mexico

What you do as a vocation or avocation?
How long do you have? I'm an ordained Presbyterian minister, but make a living through my photography and writing, to put it simply.

Your two favorite books:
I always have a tough time with the word 'favorite.' But recently, two of my favorite reads have been 'Cutting for Stone' and 'A Fine Balance' by Rohinton Mistry.

Your two favorite songs:
Again, see above with the issue on 'favorite.' Two recent favorite albums are Tori Amos' 'Midwinter Graces' and Adele's 21.

Why you are interested in spirituality?
Why do I breathe? Because I cannot imagine much of a life without it.

Your favorite quote:
A modified version of Gandhi: Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Your favorite web sites:
Well, I know it might be silly, but I have to say Google. My dad always used to tell me, and this was way before the mainstream use of the web, that, in learning, you don't need to know it all, you just need to know where to find it. Pretty much sums it up.

Your hero?
At the moment, and I know this is going to sound a bit geeky, it is Catholic priest and Franciscan Richard Rohr. I love how he is giving voice to something that is radical (at the root) from within the tradition, but which is, at the same time, revolutionary.

A spiritual lesson you hope to learn?
I am trying, wanting, hoping, to cultivate a deep mindfulness toward God/Spirit, creation, and 'the other.'

A place in the world where you feel spiritually "connected?"
Right here in Baja. I live in a beautiful community--a phrase I mean both to describe its 'place' and its people.

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