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Monday, June 26, 2006

if you pass a resolution at General Convention

and no one notices. . .

Turns out life in one's actual parish is a lot different than life online.

If you read online, you would think the sky is falling.

If you were around our diocese last weekend, you would have noticed the ordination of 3 permanent deacons, and a packed cathedral to witness to it and support them.

If you were around our congregation, you would have witnessed the gathering of the body, an enjoyable time looking at the history of the 1789 Prayer Book, Eucharist, surprise visitors who dropped in to see me, gatherings over coffee and cookies, a lunch bunch that gathered at a local restaurant to check in on the restaurant owner, a member of the congregation, and some wedding planning.

I think I'll stick to the stuff I can actually make a difference in.

7 Comments:

At 5:51 AM, Blogger Kathryn said...

Emily, you have no idea how badly I needed to read this. As you say, the internet isn't the best place to get a clear view of reality. Perhaps I don't yet have to post that letter of resignation...
WonderfulVicar said something very similar to me at the staff meeting this morning!

 
At 9:07 AM, Blogger mibi52 said...

Amen, sister. The work of the Body of Christ continues despite the high-level fustering. I got our schedule for the first month of seminary and it mentions words like resolutions, Akinola, schism, or Robinson not at all. Just the good work of learning how to serve God's people. On one level I understand the passion of both sides; on another, I'm disappointed that so little of that passion is spent on feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, and visiting those in prison.

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger Sophia said...

What you all said!

:-)

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger *Christopher said...

Emily,

On Friday I joined a number of my friends from parish for a birthday party. None of them knew any of the goings on. I think attending to the reality we are at is best. Blogging tends to amplify matters away from the ordinary at times--and that is where the Spirit is working and making changes all in good time.

 
At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Mary Beth said...

Bravissima! Well said.

 
At 1:54 AM, Anonymous Lorna said...

ministering one by one by one. It doesn't come better (or closer or more real) than that.

We are the church and we spread God's love one by one by one - inside and out.

 
At 5:16 PM, Blogger The Episco-Nerd said...

Apparently I didn't get the same memo that many of our sisters and brothers on the Information Superhighway received...

I was unaware that the sky was falling.

We're here to bloom where we were planted by loving God and loving our neighbor.

 

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