Good Morning Friends!
We are making a change on the blog *drum roll please* The Wednesday Festival is moving to Friday! Thanks be to God that there are no book boxes to tote around. In case you play along at home and are wondering, the Friday Five will become a Facebook event every Friday, but will not be posted on the blog. This allows people to participate who do not have a blog – they can play along right on the FB thread. For many of us, the Friday Five was our first experience of playing along with RevGalBlogPals, and we are hoping that will be true for many more who never otherwise comment or join in the community of 3000+ there.
The Wednesday Festival will hereafter be known as the Friday Festival. It is a round-up of some of the blog writing that has caught the eye of whomever the curator is that week. I believe this may be my last time to write it regularly (by my own request) so instead of trying to find a theme, I am going to go all willy-nilly nuts and point you to some of the posts that will stay with me, long after this last Wednesday Festival:
Jan Edmiston points out some of the potential joys in closing a church,
“Congregations who make the spiritually mature decision to close – because it’s time – are to be appreciated and honored. It’s not a sign of failure. It’s a sign of faithfulness. And it’s an excellent opportunity to allow resurrection to happen.”
Kids remind of us of such profound ideas, as highlighted by Becky Ramsey,
“Kids are the best because they are EXPERTS at experiencing genuine wonder, which to me is the same as an involuntary, instinctual praising of God, even if they’ve never heard of God.”
Bonnie Jacobs taught me something new this morning; I had no idea that When I am an Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple is an entire book of poetry about the life stages of women.
“This collection of writings and photographs challenges stereotypes of older women in America.” (Amazon can just take my money now.)
Carol Howard Merritt is challenging the ideas about what most consider healthy stewardship,
“Go therefore and make money in all nations. Then hoard it in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Do not spend it feeding the hungry, or sheltering the homeless, or spreading the good news. Because that would be bad stewardship. And remember, I am with you, as long as you have a healthy endowment, because then you shall have institutional existence.”
Mary Beth Butler has a challenging post on how laity can support clergy,
“This is my church, and that of the others in the congregation. I am, we are, responsible for its growth, support, and success. [The clergy] will leave us eventually, and that is right and proper. Even if I don’t love everything about a particular clergyperson, I’m not huffing off mad. This is my church, my community, my spiritual home. “
RevJMK has really good advice for those of us who know someone dealing with hair loss related to chemo, but really for walking along anyone going through a major life change due to health issues,
“Watch how I talk about my hair, my cancer and anything else, and match my mood and expressions. If I’m making jokes, you can too. If I’m serious, go there.”
It didn’t seem like there was a theme, but as usual one has emerged – how to tell the Good News in new ways: some are posts about how to claim loss as resurrection, some are how to be in community with other humans and appreciate the gifts that all bring, some are a combination and an indication of this glorious path we all walk.
Amy Haynie is an Episcopal priest in Fort Worth, Texas serving at Trinity Episcopal Church directly across the street from Texas Christian University. Go Frogs!
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