In this New Year, it seems as though many RevGals have resolved to post more. It came up in a FB conversation that we used to leave blogstones (o) when we read an entry if we did not feel compelled to comment - it lets the author know that we had been there. In catching up this week, I have left many blogstones - I hope you all will too as you peruse writing around the ring.
The most important blog post I have read this week is a compilation of the most popular articles from Tribal Church and Carol Howard Merritt. The Sixth One on the list, Power Games, changed how I do ministry and I continue to think of it very often. I work for the Bishop in a diocese that only started ordaining women to the priesthood in the last 4 years. Power dynamics are part of every meeting I attend and this article helped me see it.
Stratoz has been blogging some of his favorite things. He has some great pictures and music - go, see. He also has had a year of Pizza Events - it sounds like something that would be fun to host.
Jenny at Called writes beautifully about Sanctuary and how she has perceived that word over the last year and hopes to live into it this next year. Her description of how God speaks to her would be my exact description also - how about you?
Others are reflecting on particular words also as they ponder the new year and new beginnings. It reminds me of the decks of words we used on BE 1:
- Faith Hope Cherrytea : also some beautiful desktop calendars to download
- SimplyJan : Imagine
- Robin : Serenity
Pudgy Parson has a great reflection about on-going fitness training and rebirth. I offer it up to everyone making the resolution of getting into shape and needing to read about motivation.
Suzanne at life in motherhood, ministry and the arts has me wishing I live close to Richmond, VA. She is putting together a monthly retreat for creative clergy. I wanna go!! Go look at her offering if you live close by - please let me know how it is.
achurchforstarvingartists has a potential list of resolutions for our churches - simple, easy to implement, a great place to start.
And lastly, Diane has a beautiful story about faith in community: sharing carols in the trenches at wartime.
My eyes are a bit teary after reading that one, so I'll sign off now. Happy 2013!