Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from a blog the author kept while walking the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, accompanied by…Read More
Peter Freedman-Doan is a native of Battle Creek, Michigan. He moved to Ohio for college at Kent State in 1972. After college, he moved to Toronto to dabble at The Institute for Christian Studies. Then he moved back to Ohio for marriage to Ketl Freedman, a Cleveland Jew who continues to deepen his faithful discipleship by making a Jewish household for him and their two daughters. Peter and Ketl moved to Ann Arbor in 1983 to attend graduate school. Peter started work at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research in 1986 and continues to this day working as a research associate on a longitudinal social indicators study of American youth. He has published research findings on substance use, part-time work, self-esteem, substance use and education, and religion. While he is a United Methodist by denomination, he describes himself as an Anglo-Catholic due to his love of high church liturgical forms. Most importantly, he recites the Apostles Creed without irony or fingers crossed behind his back. In 2012 Peter and a friend walked the ancient Christian pilgrimage trail, the Camino de Santiago: 500 miles across northern Spain. He started a blog for that trip and continues to add to it occasionally. Upon their retirement in a few years, Peter would like to whisk his wife to Spain and walk the Camino again and return to continue the calling opened to him while on the Camino: ministry and tutoring with the incarcerated.