House of Light
Lately, Mary Oliver has been the friend that wakes me up in the morning. She whispers to rise with the sun and reminds me of the present moment. She invites me to pray, to look at myself in the mirror and embrace reality, and also charms me with her dreams of flying and of rising skyward. What a great mystery that I am introduced to the whispers of humankind whom I never interacted with just a month ago. What a gift to watch the world through their lens. What a relief that sometimes I don't have to speak my truths aloud, but lean on the songs, and poems, and prayers of others. Blessed be the artists, the peace makers, the poets.
“Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled— to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world. I want to believe I am looking into the white fire of a great mystery. I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing— that the light is everything—that it is more than the sum of each flawed blossom rising and falling. And I do.”
―Mary Oliver,House of Light
Allison Pelyhes is in her first year at Elon University as Multifaith Coordinator at the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. In her role, Allison oversees Numen Lumen, a cohort of Interfaith interns, and the Interfaith House LLC. A recent graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, Allison is thrilled to take her passion for interfaith communities and education to another campus. While at Hope, Allison received a dual Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Sociology with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. In addition, she studied abroad in Muscat, Oman where she worked at the Al Amana Centre, an NGO devoted to Muslim-Christian relations within the Sultanate.