Name: Pat Loughery
Where you live: North Bend, Washington (a commuter town of Seattle)
What you do as a vocation or avocation?
I manage software testing projects for a living. I also am a Doctor of Ministry student at Bakke Graduate University, and I enjoy my family and being outdoors, photography, riding motorcycles and bicycles, playing music, traveling and exploring new restaurants.
Your two favorite books:
Well, that’s an impossible question, limiting me to just two. I’m not going to do the lame Christian thing and say “The Bible” (though I would pick Psalms and Matthew). How about A Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris, and Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I could live with those two books forever and not grow tired.
Your two favorite cd’s:
This is at least as hard. Two that come to mind are Stevie Ray Vaughan – The Sky is Crying and Eric Clapton – Unplugged. Both are deeply spiritual to me.
Why you are interested in spirituality?
We are spiritual beings, and our deepest desires, hopes and fears are spiritual. We long for connection with something greater than us. Our pursuit of love, joy, hope, beauty, all are spiritual journeys. And we’re always being spiritually formed, whether we’re doing it intentionally or not. I’m interested in intentional spiritual formation, especially as it happens in relationship with others.
Your favorite quote:
“In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone.”– John of the Cross
Your favorite web sites:
I blog at http://patloughery.com/.
St. Patrick of Ireland, St. Aidan of Lindisfarne, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn?
Right now? What does it mean to live simply, while in an upper middle class neighborhood.
A place in the world where you feel spiritually “connected?”
Lindisfarne and Iona. Actually, mountains and undeveloped waterfront pretty much anywhere.