Anne-Marie Funk joined the board in May of this year. Thank you, Anne-Marie, for taking the risk of answering these questions and opening up a window into your heart and life. And thank you for your investment of time and thought and leadership in serving on the board.
What brings you joy?
Kids do! I love the way they look at life. They make me laugh every day.
For example: Three of my grandkids are playing 20 questions and no one can guess the 4-year old’s animal. They ask for a hint. “What letter does it start with?” Silence… followed by “I think a 9?”
Or another grandboy comes running and says, “Nana I need a Band-Aid, I lost a piece of skinsulation!”
Or here is a bedtime conversation I overheard between several grandboys:
“Are you going to get married?”
“Yes. I’m going to marry my brother.”
“You can’t marry your brother! And you can’t marry a boy! Well I think you can…but I think your kids will look weird.” Then that made him think about his own birth, and he added, “I still think it’s disgusting that I came out of my mom’s butt.”
They are just so funny!
What is your greatest fear?
I’m afraid my deep sadness will never go away. I’m afraid I might never feel whole again. I have many great relationships and meaningful work but after losing my partner of 37 years, I’m still struggling with finding meaning in all of it.
What inspires you?
Words inspire me. They have the power to impact my life in significant ways. The right book at the right time is so life giving. An interview with someone who shares a profound truth has the capacity to make a major shift in my thinking or understanding. A thoughtful question, a careful observation, a simple prayer all have the power to shape me.
What is your favorite pastime?
I absolutely love working on my property. Mowing, pruning, planting, building, tearing down the old and re-imagining a new space. For sure it’s overwhelming sometimes, and I complain. But today it’s all looking pretty good and I’m feeling quite pleased with myself :).
What living person do you most admire?
I would say Richard Rohr. He knows everything about everything it seems! He has helped me sort out so much of my ‘religion.’ I admire that he was able to stay in his tradition, while he ordered, disordered, and reordered. I enjoy his humbleness and his honesty.
What qualities do you value most in your friends
Not easily offended – Interesting conversation – Courageous: It takes so much courage to really show up in life and my friends amaze me over and over with their resilience and courage. – Vulnerability
Who are your favorite writers?
I ventured out this year and read books by authors new to me. It was fascinating, inspiring and disturbing.
The Hand Maid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (very disturbing)
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (also disturbing)
Sapiens: A brief history in time by Yuval Harari (fascinating)
Ordinary Goodness by Edward Viljoen (inspiring)
What is your favorite story?
Fiddler on the Roof
What is the next book you will read?
Just cracked open, Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens.
Who is your hero of fiction?
Anne of Green Gables, it was the first novel I ever read and I’ve watched the movie a hundred times.
If I gave you a medal right now what would it be for?
I had a family of 5 living with me for the first 6 weeks of Covid lockdown (was supposed to be 3 days…) and I also had between 3 and 5 little grandboys with me all through the lockdown, which included homeschooling. The house was a very active hive, there were endless cycles of meals, cleaning and laundry with plenty of adventures sprinkled in. I have a steep long driveway and my truck was the chairlift for 2 hours almost every day as the kiddos sledded and skied down it for our sanity sake. The app Audible saved the day! I’ll take a medal for surviving that.
What is the greatest gift SoulStream has given you?
I found an old notebook in my motorhome while camping last weekend and found a journal entry from my first weekend after Living From the Heart.
Who are these people?
My questions are ok?! They don’t seem to have many answers, and that also seems ok?!
It’s ok to say, I DON’T KNOW! In fact it seems to be a very good answer…
And get this… sin is not only inevitable, it’s VALUABLE! Apparently it’s the only thing that keeps bringing me home, so rather than live in denial, live in reality… What!
God is friendly, the universe is friendly…
I feel the invitation. But is it true? Is it too good to be true?
Early in my journey, I told Helen Barry one day, “I don’t even know who God is anymore!” Her reply was shocking to me, “Who do you want Him to be?”
Soul Stream continues to offer me a playful, provocative, thoughtful and loving approach to life and God, while connecting me to an incredible community who are each free to walk this journey out in their own way.
It still feels too good to be true.