Elizabeth is from Louisville, KY and graduated from Transylvania University in 2015 where she majored in International Affairs and Religion. She is working at the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, MD, with Mary Hunt and Diann Neu, dear friends of Loretto.
Airplanes have always held a mystical quality for me. The process of flying is almost (to use a concept my religion professor would be proud that I still remember) liminal in nature. At takeoff, we strangers, in this weird metal tube, become neither here nor there, removed from the reality in which we were just participating and waiting to be in the next one. We leave behind the usual structuring of our lives, enter a space cut off from the outside world (it helps that we can’t use our phones), and land in a completely new environment. The speed and ease of flying make the contrast between where we began and our destination even more stark; once we get there, somehow our starting point seems like a thing of the distant past.