Moving pains

I have a lot of work to do on this site. I’ve merged my old Gallycat livejournal–well, at least, back to 2005 when I started faithblogging there–with my Gallycat blogspot. I need to do some serious information architecture tweaking (that is, develop a category system that’s actually USEFUL), migrate my widgets and blogrolls, and notify the blog-i-verse that I’m back at it in earnest.

That last bit is the easiest. Hey, I’m back at it in earnest. Pass it on.

Things can always be worse

Blogs of Fail.

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Lenten offerings

Change always seems to accumulate in weird places for me, most often next to the washing machine (cause I always clear out pockets there) and on my dresser (because sometimes I remember to empty my pockets before they go to the laundry). So DFH (whom I’m happy to report has redeemed himself verily after the fiasco that chased us around over the holidays) was looking to find said change a home, because change is good.

We took one of those semi-disposable Glad containers and cut a hole in the lid and put it into the cabinet where the laundry detergent and other related sundries live. It’s now a jumbo-sized mite box that I’ll redeem and take to church with me on Easter.

I was a little discombobulated to realize that Lent starts next week. I’ll be in San Diego for a business trip. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to visit the San Diego Cathedral on Sunday and/or Wednesday, since it’s only 2 miles up the road. I love the Ash Wednesday liturgy and would hate to miss it.

Oh, so that’s what you wanted!

I got a significant number of hits from people looking for liveblogging on the Diocese of Virginia annual council. That cinches for me something I've been toying with for a while now–blogging about the Diocese as a complement to what I do for the Episcopal Cafe. It's a new direction for me, as I'm much more the personal reflection type and I'm about as nonconventional a Christian as you could ask for, but I *am* a journalist by trade and I could probably do a lot to use my voice for something a little less narcissistic.

The more I get to know people in the Diocese the more I think, yeah, i can do this.

Networking, part 2

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Putting their money where their mouths are

Clergy and lay delegates at the annual council, faced with a slashed budget for Shrine Mont camp scholarship budgets, were strident in their call to have the funding restored.

But of course, when you restore something in one line, you must cut it somewhere else, right?

So it was put to the council: how many of you would be willing to give $100 now, to restore this funding?

Hands around the room shot up. Tellers went around to do a count, and instead got checks and cash donations, on the spot. The estimated return to the program was $19,000.

Bishop Lee, noting this unusual development, said, “Can you imagine Congress doing this?”

Discussion that followed underscored the importance of taking this back to your congregations.

GIVE!

this one’s for mike and company

There were a whole bunch of clergy attending the emerging church discussion group and I think out of the people there I had the most experience in it. Mike, you’re so much more well versed in it as a whole–would you be willing to post a comment with links that the clergy I then pointed to my blog could access for more understanding?

PS. Mike is Rude Armchair Theology guy. Sometimes he lives up to that name, but he is truly one of the most open, friendly, and loving Christians I know. His criticism may sound acerbic, but it’s a challenge. Think of it this way:

He is making an important and challenging point about the emergent movement, one that was echoed during the focus group meeting yesterday as we proceeded. And that is this: the best way to learn about the emergent movement is not to study it and debate about it, but to participate in it.

Given how much we as a polity tend to form committees and focus groups and so on, take the criticism to heart and not as a judgment but an opportunity.