I wrote most of this post on Wednesday. It seems that I then accidentally deleted it. And I THEN discovered that there are challenges to finding things on feedly when you’ve already read them. Nevertheless, when I pieced back together what I could, I did discover something of a theme, which has to do with who and where we are in the church and in the lives we hope to live as inspired by our faith.
One of the most exciting adventures around the blog ring this week has been Teri’s move to Scotland, where she and kitties are settling into what looks to be one of the most beautiful locales on the planet before she begins her new call with the Church of Scotland. In fact, by the time you read this, she will have begun. I am feeling an intense desire to go out and sit on that log on the beach for several hours
Katherine writes about self-care: eating well, losing weight, getting strong. And doing all of it as a “parson,” a public figure (no pun intended) upon whom people feel free to comment. She’s even got me wondering about Whole30, although when I read the list of foods to discard, I wondered what might be left.
Elizabeth writes about her life transition from evangelical to American Baptist, commenting on Marcus Borg’s new book Convictions along the way. Her post is a helpful guide to those on the same journey, or with parishoners in that boat. (And I want to add that my lectionary group found Borg’s chapter on atonement theology useful as a pre-Easter discussion.)
A couple of years ago, our family visited Salt Lake City. Of course, we toured the key Mormon sites in the vicinity of Temple Square, went to the Sunday radio broadcast of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and learned about about the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Christy reflects on the rigidity of Mormon structure and faith as she asks whether diverse and especially female clergy might be killing the United Methodist Church. Her post is a maddeningly challenging one, that’s for sure.
Radical Hospitality? We probably think we know what it means where the church is concerned. But BNZoot tajkes it down to a remarkably person level. As someone with a family filled with steps and halves and formers and not-sure-what-the-nomenclature-ises (and yes, we do all make our judgments and exclusions), I loved and was challenged by this post.
Enjoy these offerings!
Rev. Robin Craig is a PC(USA) pastor in northeast Ohio.. She is also a spiritual director, a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, and a blogger at www.maryrobincraig.com.
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