BLUFFTON, Ohio — Spiritual writer Christiana Peterson will present “Searching for Koinonia: In Community with Mystics and Misfits,” at 11 a.m. on Jan. 15 in Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University.

A blogger and author, Peterson will share her experience of living in a Mennonite intentional community and being drawn to mystics such as St. Francis, Dorothy Day and Clare of Assisi. Peterson has a master’s degree in theology and a Ph.D. in creative writing from St. Andrews University in Scotland.

She is the author of Mystics and Misfits: Meeting God Through St. Francis and Other Unlikely Saints. Her writing has appeared in Christianity Today, Art House America, and Christian Century. She is a regular contributor to “Good Letters,” an Image Journal blog. She is a member of Midway Mennonite Church in Columbiana. To hear an Ohio Conference Cast interview with Christiana Peterson, go to