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June 2009 Blog Posts (10)

SABBATICAL, Day 56

For the past two Sundays, I went to friends' churches and had delightful, welcoming experiences at both. This week, I figured it was time once to get back into "road trip" mode and go somewhere new - and as a stranger. Also, I wanted to try a congregation that doesn't own a building. That seems sort of "emergent," right?



I'd heard about Celebration Community Beach Church, which meets in a public park in the heart of… Continue

Added by Becky on June 28, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

SABBATICAL, DAY 52

I celebrated my 55th birthday this week.



By the time my mother was 55, she had been a grandmother for about 2 years. Many of my friends who are my age are grandparents, and they love it. I guess it's fortunate for me that neither of our children appear to be in imminent danger of parenthood, because I'm just not ready to acquire the august status of "grandma." On that note, my dad had the funniest line; when Sarah (our oldest) was born, he said, "I like the idea of being a grandpa,… Continue

Added by Becky on June 24, 2009 at 11:18am — 2 Comments

SABBATICAL, DAY 46

This phase of my sabbatical is about rest, and I’ll give myself a B or B- in that department so far.



A few of things I have done to rest:



1. I’ve read two books, and I’m in the middle of a third, by Mark Schweizer, who writes “liturgical mysteries.” The protagonist is the police chief of St. Germaine, NC – evidently a couple of mountains over from Mitford. The chief is also the part-time organist and choir director at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Sound too much… Continue

Added by Becky on June 18, 2009 at 7:58pm — No Comments

SABBATICAL, DAY 41

There's a wonderful blog post today called Doing Church, written by Kayla McClurg from Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C. Kayla reminds us of Annie Dillard's admonition that "Church" is not a place to wear straw hats and gloves, but crash helmets and life preservers.



Speaking of life preservers makes me aware of the Gulf right outside my back door. It's smooth and… Continue

Added by Becky on June 13, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

SABBATICAL, DAY 36

OK, four services in one day is a lot, even for a religious professional. Especially when they are all very, very different from each other.



First I went to the 7:30 service at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Vestavia Hills, where my friend, the Rev. Stephen Hood, is rector. The service was Rite I, the Trinity Sunday sermon (by the associate rector, the Rev. David Hall) was quite good, and the ambiance was lovely. Everything… Continue

Added by Becky on June 8, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

SABBATICAL, DAY 35

Saturday was a day of contrasts.



I began the morning at the Community Church without Walls garden (scroll down to Sept. 18, 2008). They have transformed a former weedy lot into an organic garden - which I wrote about a week or two ago. I spent several hours working with other volunteers to spread compost, weed, and share stories. I haven't really gardened… Continue

Added by Becky on June 7, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

SABBATICAL, DAY 34

Yesterday morning I spent a delightful time chatting with folks at Disciples Fellowship in Hoover, Alabama. The pastor, Greg Newton, graciously let me hijack his morning to talk with me more about the dynamics of the fellowship. I had a great BBQ lunch (at the Golden Rule BBQ) with Steve Duncan of DF, sharing life stories and observations. Then back at DF I struck up a conversation with… Continue

Added by Becky on June 6, 2009 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

SABBATICAL, DAY 33

What’s it like to touch the face of God?

My dad – a fighter pilot – has had the poem High Flight framed and hung in his office since I can remember.



High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit… Continue

Added by Becky on June 5, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

SABBATICAL, DAY 31

OK, so yesterday was just fine. It was a travel day; I was driving from my parents' to Fayetteville, TN. On the way I stopped in Cincinnati to meet my friend the Rev. David Bailey, one of the people I was ordained with. We met at St. Arbuck's in an area that was a corn field when I moved to Ohio. That made me feel old. But talking with David made me feel great.



The drive to Fayetteville was easy, with the sun finally breaking through… Continue

Added by Becky on June 4, 2009 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

SABBATICAL, DAY 29

Trinity Episcopal Church, “An House of Prayer for All People,” was a spiritual oasis for me for several years when I worked in downtown Columbus, Ohio. When I was offered the opportunity to do my field education there during seminary, I was thrilled. I served there for about four years (I took my sweet time getting through school – most people have 2 years of field ed) and learned a ton about parish life, pastoral life, and urban ministry… Continue

Added by Becky on June 1, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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