Old Fashioned, Stephanie


Stephanie Johnson is pursuing candidacy for ministry and plans to move to Seattle in the spring for her MDiv.  In the meantime, she's savoring her last year in Minneapolis by loving the lakes, fields, friends and forests which have been her home for 27 years.  Wherever she goes, she's a fan of both solitary spaces and deep friendships, the medieval women mystics, instagram photography, interfaith community, tensions rather than disconnect, breaking through the back of words, a good cup of coffee, the golden hour, and writing about the brilliant gifts of the daily and ordinary.

What does Scotch & The Fox mean to you?

To me, Scotch and the Fox provides creative space for the women of Minneapolis to learn, celebrate, wonder and admire all the experiences of living, big and small.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less:

Poet, mystic, playful, disquieted, loving.

What's playing in your car/iPod right now?

Sufjan Stevens, Eustace the Dragon, Valerie June,  Tallest Man on Earth

Tell us about the last dream you remember having.

It involved my boyfriend and a map. That's all I'm able to say about that.

If you were a nail polish, what would your name be?

Wonder Fool.

How have you grown as a woman in the past 5 years?

I'm learning to own by brokenness along with my beauty; to take responsibility for my choices; to recognize my attachments and my motivations.

You're throwing your dream dinner party. 6 people dead or alive can come. Who's on the list?

Hildegard of Bingen, Wangaari Maathai, René Girard, Teresa of Ávila, Wendell Berry, Thomas Merton.

What's your go-to outfit?

Sassy Knitwear skirt. Shirt and cardigan. Necklace of Theotokos icon. And a smile. 

You're president for a day. What's the first issue you tackle?

I'm not an expert in politics, but my heart is oriented toward work which supports mental, spiritual and emotional healing, and restoring our perspective to rightly value our environmental gifts. And I think I'd care about that if I were president, too.

What's on your pizza?

Mushrooms, black olives, and arugula. 

Why is an Old Fashioned your drink of choice?

A little bitter, a little sweet, a little burn and a cherry on top. Enough said. 

What's your favorite thing about MPLS?

Our beautiful river; the vibrant thinkers and artists, the farmers and food. It's my home. My roots are anchored in this soil.