I want to make sure anyone who reads this knows that TODAY is Gus’ and my 33rd wedding anniversary. I think that’s an amazing and wonderful thing. We’ve had our rough patches over the decades, but I can honestly say I love and appreciate him more now than I did in 1976. That we are not together on our anniversary is something of a tradition, actually. For the first three years of our marriage we were in the middle of law school finals on this date and only blearily snarled an appropriate… Continue
Added by Becky on May 29, 2009 at 9:30pm —
I arrived at my parents’ house north of Columbus, Ohio, on Monday evening, and I’ve been reveling in family and old friends for the past few days. My sister and her two boys were here from California, and we spent one evening playing cutthroat Parcheesi. The kids won – handily. I’m OK with that, I really am. Honest. I don’t have a competitive bone in my body. The fact that they left today without an rematch is just wrong, but grace abounds.
Anyway, being “home” has been great, but… Continue
Added by Becky on May 28, 2009 at 10:30pm —
Terri, Erica and I were blessed to have Becky stay with us from the 21st to the 25th. We had a wonderful time. She spoke at our weekly Friday night Theological Discussion Group, toured the campus of The University of the South, School of Theology, worshipped with us on Sunday and most important, shared her journey with us. She is awesome. May God continue to bless you on your journey Becky.
Eric, Terri, Erica
Duchess, Duke, Harley and Niles
Added by Eric Cooter on May 26, 2009 at 12:15pm —
Sunday morning I put on a clerical collar for the first time since May 3rd and went to St. Mary Magdalene
in Fayetteville, TN, which is where Lamb of God’s Episcopal seminarian, Eric Cooter, does his field education.
Nestled within a block or two of the hulking fortresses of several conservative, evangelical churches, the exquisite St. Mary’s seems at once both quaint and defiant. Made of old, local stone, with red doors and simple stained… Continue
Added by Becky on May 25, 2009 at 7:30pm —
My sabbatical re-search has two aspects: one is to converse with TWINE* groups, and the other is to speak about what I’m learning with those within my “tribe,” i.e., those who are more likely to self-identify as belonging to a conventional congregation such as Lamb of God Church. This blog is part of that second aspect. In addition, before I started out I had been invited to give presentations to a couple of groups along the way, and those, too, were part of that second aspect.
Added by Becky on May 23, 2009 at 9:00pm —
When someone asks what kind of dog our family beast, Max, is, I sometimes simply say, “Yes.” She shares the features of so many breeds that we’ve given up trying to figure it out exactly which ones. She’s just a “Yes.” But whatever all is in there, she’s still a dog.
One thing that is for sure is that this whole emergent thing is not a purebred, it’s not a product, program, plan, or prescription. I’ve visited 3 groups in 5 days, and each one is really, really different from the other… Continue
Added by Becky on May 20, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Right now I am sitting in the wonderful family home of Lee and Dave Pastor in Birmingham, Alabama. Until 4:00 this afternoon, when I came up their driveway, we had never met each other, yet now I am a guest in their home. How did this happen? Let me tell you about it . . .
In March I was making my plans for where to visit during my sabbatical. I already knew I wanted to visit the Community Church without… Continue
Added by Becky on May 19, 2009 at 9:30pm —
Saturday was my first day visiting an honest-to-God self-acknowledging Emergent Village
cohort, this one in Tampa
. I left my home bright and early to be there by 10:30, trusting my GPS and the cohort convener’s (Warren Pattison) Facebook picture to make sure I got to the right place and with the right folks.
When I arrived in Historic Ybor City… Continue
Added by Becky on May 18, 2009 at 7:00am —
From Monday through Friday this past week I was on retreat at Mother of God House of Prayer
in Alva, Florida - not far from my home. I have made basically the same retreat most of the years I've been here: I meet with my spiritual director for an short talk during the day, and the rest of the time I'm silent.
That does not mean I'm not busy, however. The grounds are on a creek that eventually feeds into the Caloosahatchee River, and they have a… Continue
Added by Becky on May 15, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Yesterday was my first bit of emergence tourism. A few years back Diana Butler Bass wrote a wonderful book, Christianity for the Rest of Us
. She did in-depth studies of a dozen or so “vital” congregations that were focused on mission and community rather than doctrinal precision. All of the churches were “conventional” in the sense that they had buildings, ordained leadership, and were part of some denomination or another. However, all of these places were intent on moving beyond the… Continue
Added by Becky on May 11, 2009 at 11:30am —
Scorpio fills the southwestern morning sky just before sunrise. It is a magnificent constellation - huge, with a great sweep of stars and a marvelous curled tail.
Back in college, when I was a happy little agnostatheist (I'm not sure that's a real word, but I think you get the idea: I wasn't convinced that there was a God - and pretty much hoped there wasn't - but I wasn't convinced there wasn't one, either, and had better be careful), I took a fantastic astronomy course taught by… Continue
Added by Becky on May 6, 2009 at 7:30am —
OK, I'm not going to write every
day - only on the days I have something to say.
Sunday started out fairly typically: way early in the morning, I was racing around uploading my sermon Power Point, which included trying to get an embedded YouTube video to play. I mastered this feat of pastoral technogeekdom at the very last minute, so before the early service began I didn't have too much time to reflect about how my sabbatical would start as soon as the three worship services… Continue
Added by Becky on May 4, 2009 at 7:30pm —
We're All In This Together
May 3, 2009 - Year B, Easter 4 We're All in This Together.pdf
Added by Becky on May 3, 2009 at 11:30am —