Meredith

Meredith Doster is a writer and educator situated at the crossroads where rural Americana and the Iron Curtain meet. With birthright gifts of here, there, anywhere, and nowhere, Meredith looks for people and places everywhere. At her grandmother’s kitchen table, Meredith listens for stories inherited and those we love to tell. Planting with her grandfather, Meredith remembers what it takes to grow. Some journeys bear out the hard truths gleaned in the trading of one kind of learning for another. Ever mindful of foregone conclusions, Meredith proposes a new trinity—yours, mine, ours. This, too, is her prayer: That we notice one another in the giving and the taking. May our losses be both more and less than the beauty found in unexpected community and care.

Meredith’s questions probe at slippery distinctions between knowing and believing. Less invested in answers than the discipline of digging deep, she lives by practices of presence steeped in reflection, reckoning, and rest. A scholar of religion, Meredith searches for meaning among curious thinkers and radical practitioners. Hers is a gospel that preaches the every day over the eternal. Writing about competing truth claims and centers that cannot hold, Meredith champions a theology of sufficiency that promises just enough—for ourselves and for one another.

Born into a family of singers and storytellers, Meredith looks to poets, makers, artists, and elders for wisdom and inspiration. With a masters degree in Appalachian Studies and a PhD in Religious Studies, Meredith is writing her way home. Ever journeying, always arriving, Meredith writes for the expansion of her worlds—and maybe yours, too.

Meredith is Managing Editor of the Sounding Spirit research lab in Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Lead Faculty of the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, a program of Wildacres Leadership Initiative.

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