My understanding of being a religious person is definitely changing also through some significant encounters with other persons, Christian and not who have learned to not make idols or absolutes out of the forms we use to relate to God. I am beginning to enter more deeply into the work of letting go of the craving to grasp onto a fake identity, facing into despair and waiting in unknowing for God to recreate me slowly in God’s pattern of desire; carving out space for that still, small voice and that partnering with the One who is deathless and fearless.