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Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

My Pastoral Ponderings

I am pleased to share this guest post by my daughter, Katie Laurence, a second-year seminary student at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. I am pleased to share this not just because it is written by my daughter, but because I found it to be a thought-provoking reflection on the nature of God, and a very engaging invitation to think of God as more than Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thank you, Katie, for giving me permission to share this here.


We speak so often of the Trinity – “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” falling naturally from our lips with no hesitation – that I think we often forget how strange and earth-shaking this way of thinking and talking about God is. We tend to categorize religions as monotheistic (such as Judaism and Islam) or as polytheistic (such as Hinduism or the Roman Empire’s religion in Jesus’s…

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