Archive for October, 2009

Still here.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Seems like I should post something, but I don’t have a lot to say, really.

No baby yet; five more days till our due date. My to-do list at work still longer than I wish it was, and I have a cold. And Zag and I spent some time looking at his new-baby pictures after dinner, with the result that I’m feeling slightly freaked out about having a baby again. Not that there was anything particularly alarming in the pictures; he slept a lot & was a fairly cheerful guy when awake. I’m just feeling some amount of everything-was-fine-with-one-child, what-were-we-thinking panic.

But sometimes I’m really excited too….

I guess it’s a liminal phase – intrinsically unstable. And I have a cold. So I probably shouldn’t try to think about anything very hard.

Watch this space; we’ll post (eventually) when Bean arrives. And if Bean is two weeks late & I run out of things to do, hey, maybe I’ll get around to some blogging.

Rrghrhgf.

Friday, October 16th, 2009

I just need to say here, because I can’t say it safely anywhere else, that one of the hardest things so far about being a member of the clergy is that when someone says or emails something really cranky or insulting to me, I cannot either a) be cranky or insulting back, or b) call them out on talking to me that way.*

Because I’m their pastor.

* I think maybe, someday, I could do this. I’m sure some of strong women clergy I know would. But it feels like an advanced skill to me, something I’m not sure I dare undertake yet. And I’m certainly not going to try it for the first time on a member of the vestry…   Sigh.

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Update: I’ve cooled down enough to realize that in today’s email, the person in question may have been trying for “understanding”, rather than “insulting,” but missed. I think I replied well, the person replied to me, we’re all good. But I’ve run up against this before & I’ll stick to what I said: so far, moments like these are some of the toughest of this job/vocation. Because I’m so aware of the way my role constrains me from responding the way I would if I were an ordinary private citizen in an ordinary mutual relationship.

I keep starting to frame this as a “What would Jesus do?” issue, but I’m not so sure. Jesus seems to have had a bit of a temper. Wonder what kind of emails he’d have fired off…

Tonight’s prayers

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Tilt says I should just start a separate blog for the wonderful things that come out during my nightly prayer time with Zag. Tonight went something like this.

WB: God, thank you for today… thank you for the beautiful weather and the beautiful trees… thank you for time to do stuff together. Bless our family and friends….

Z: Bless Andrew. And help him to know that I love him.

WB: (having heard about some Andrew issues lately) That’s a nice prayer. I’m glad that you love Andrew, even though you have a hard time together sometimes.

Z: Yes, I love him.

WB: God, help Zag and Andrew understand each other, and get to be better friends.

Z: God says, “I can’t wait to do that!”

I hope so, Zag. I hope that’s exactly what God is saying. :-)

My first funeral

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Wednesday was one of those liturgically surprising days that comes along once in a while, involving schlepping my alb (white robe – basic clergy wear…) to two different events, a funeral in the morning (white stole) and a celebration of new ministry at a nearby church in the evening (red stole).

This was my first time officiating at a funeral, and it came somewhat out of the blue. On Sunday, my boss handed me a slip of paper with a couple of names and phone numbers and said, “These folks need a graveside service on Wednesday morning. Can you take it?” He seemed to think I could handle it, so I did. I reviewed the Burial Office Sunday night, met with the family Monday morning, threw together an order of service and a short homily Tuesday morning, and found my way to the cemetery to do my thing on Wednesday.

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Calling Mary Doria Russell…

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Zag is used to seeing me and Tilt practicing Godly Play stories at home on various occasions – kid-adapted versions of Bible stories, told using various kinds of small props. Today when I walked into the living room, arriving home from a diocesan event, he greeted me enthusiastically: “Guess what! I’m working on a story for church. It’s about the time when the holy Christians got in their rocket ship and flew to the moon.” (He showed me a cardboard paper towel tube, the rocket ship in question.)

WB: What did they do when they got there?

Zag: They put their telescope to their ears, and heard God’s voice!

WB: Wow. What did God say to them?

Zag: He said, Don’t be mean and don’t be selfish. Isn’t that good? Don’t be mean and don’t be selfish. (Peering intently at me) And they looked up right into God’s eyes.

I also love that he was really thinking about how to stage the story. He mentioned that he would need some sand to be the moon, and a patch of grass to be the ground before the rocket takes off.