This blog is all about questions. Questions about our life in and from God, the practices that form or misform that life, the theology and ethical perspectives that undergird, or destroy, such a life. This is a forum for engaging discussion and constructive critique.
About the name "deiprofundis":
"De Profundis" is the Latin opening to Psalm 130, "Out of the depths I cry to you Oh Lord," an oft repeated Lenten refrain. "Dei" is Latin for "of God." So, "deiprofundis" is a neologism that translates to something like "out of the depths of God" or "out of God from the depths," or whatever spin you want to give it. I considered "Εκ Βαθεον" but we in the West don't do so well with Greek. And alas, "deprofundis" was taken, by the Hungarian T-Mobile and a WOW Guild. Now, it is a Hungarian NGO. Go figure.
About Maria Gwyn McDowell ('mariagwyn'):
my preferred location after living in Los Angeles, Iowa, Los Angeles, and Boston. In that order. I have an enduring love for tall pine trees, drizzle, and flowers in March. I am joyfully married to Elizabeth, who I met in the land of dripping evergreen and flowering spring. I have designed drupal web-sites off and on for years, and currently work for Acquia managing change processes, support teams, and coders.
However, on of my by greatest loves has always been the fraught life of the Christian Church (or 'churches', that is its own theological debate). In addition to an M.Div from Fuller Seminary, I have a Ph.D in theology and ethics from Boston College. I defended my dissertation in 2010, "The Joy of Enacted Virtue: Toward the Ordination of Women to the Eastern Orthodox Priesthood." In case it is not clear from the postings on this site, I am an advocate of constructive arguments for the full participation of women, 'the gays', and generally non-cis-gender-conforming persons in the life of the Church (or 'churches', see above).
In the interest of full disclosure, and for the benefit of all who like to know what box in which to put me, I am quite progressive in my politics with some surprisingly traditional theological views (I am after all, Orthodox, not Unitarian). I am a feminist and a student of liberation theology. I am also a life-long member (read: baptized as a tiny-weeny child) of the Eastern Orthodox Church (first OCA, then AOA, and currently GOA), and consider myself a North-American Orthodox. Whatever that is. I am it. I have also taken forays into evangelical Christianity (via IVCF and Fuller Seminary). If all those things seem oddly juxtaposed, well, they are and maybe one of these days I will blog my bio in more detail. I am not sure I listed compatible boxes, but best of luck in your attempts!
In the interest of full disclosure, and for the benefit of all who like to know what box in which to put me, I am a Christian. I am quite progressive in my social perspective, and hold some perhaps surprisingly traditional theological views. I adore doctrine, though some may find my definition of it less rule-bound than that word currently signifies to many. I am a white North-American woman, a feminist and a student of liberation theologies. Up until 2012, I thought I would remain a life-long member (read: baptized as a tiny-weeny child) of the Eastern Orthodox Church (first OCA, then AOA, then GOA). I have also taken forays into evangelical Christianity (via IVCF and Fuller Seminary). If all those things seem oddly juxtaposed, well, they are and maybe one of these days I will blog my bio in more detail. I am now a grateful communicant in The Episcopal Church and am a deacon preparing for ordination to the priesthood. I would say that I am an Orthodox Anglican, or an Anglican Orthodox, but neither of those communions will have me. C'est la ekklesia!