Saturday, July 30, 2011

Here is a test. How fast can I get my thougts, even feels out on a blog post then get on with this day, this gift God has given me.

In the frenetic way of internet grazing, I stumbled on an Episcopal News essay by Rev. Malcolm Boyd. This brave, wise elder said, " I thought the recent New York Times front page piece about the dissimilar views of six New York Episcopal bishops on gay marriage was startlingly positive. Thank God for such rich dialogue and disagreement in the place of a Vatican-like manifesto issued from on high."

My first thought was "Yes!" then tears. I love The Episcopal Church. We can disagree, go through tough, heated squabbles and return to the table, first, the most important table, the Table of Our Lord, then the table of debate, discussion and fellowship.

This church will live as long as we keep returning to the Table in forgiveness, compassion and love. This church will live as long as we can see the humanity in one another, see Christ in every person.

This Sunday I will renew my vow to, among other solemn promises, to seek and serve Christ in all persons. All persons: Mormon, Muslim, Hindu, Jew, Buddhist, Atheist, Baptist, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, cualquier persona. Oh, that we would all strive to live this way, with God's help and Spirit of Love to guide us.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

My dear friend, seminarian colleague and barefoot wanderer Kirstine Pasley has died. And for goodness sake, she made the Lead! Me thinks mutual friend Ann Fontaine had something to do with this, as is right and proper so to do. All who were part of the CDSP community will miss her. All who know her will miss her.

Depart, O Christian soul, our friend out of this world;
In the Name of God the Father Almighty who created you;
In the Name of Jesus Christ who redeemed you;
In the Name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you.
May your rest be this day in peace,
and your dwelling place in the Paradise of God.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Arch of History bends a little close to Justice - Thank you New York!

N.Y. Legalizes Gay Marriage, 42 Years After Stonewall : NPR

I read this this morning with tears in my eyes -joy for those in New York - Thank-you all that worked so hard to make this a reality in your state- tears of longing for what is not yet possible in my own state, Idaho. I think it will take a U. S. Supreme court ruling to change Idaho law, just like it took a Supreme court ruling to strike down Idaho's felony sodomy law. A sad, sad legacy for my beloved home state.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First Post

I've thought long and hard about what to title this blog. I have another blog - A Seminarian Listening Post. However, I'm no longer enrolled in seminary. I am a priest serving in the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho, ordained October 8, 2009. So I'm new at this ministry and vocation. Well, maybe not that new, but I chose the word "newby" to keep before me the idea and value "beginners mind". Also, being a priest is a rather serious undertaking and I'm a rather serious woman. "Newby" balances the seriousness.

I will be using this blog to post my reflections on what's happening within and without, hopefully tracing the flow of the Spirit in all that I am aware of. Gosh sounds self-centered! However, one can only write about what one is aware of. I hope this blog will help me and others be aware of and trace the flow of the Spirit and what the heck She is up to in the world, even the universe.

I will be sharing some of my Facebook postings. I use Facebook for people I actually know, so I've locked down it (I hope - I am concerned about identity theft) except for that which I want the whole world to hope. A fair amount of the things I post on FB I do want the whole world to know - hence this blog.

I dedicate this blog to the glory of God and benefit of God's people, which BTW, is everyone, even all sentient beings. Ah, another topic to write on. Later. There's work to be done!