Friday, February 23, 2007

Puffing along in Lent

This Lent, in my walk with Christ, I plan to actually walk with Christ.

I've given up escalators and elevators for Lent.

Ok, stop laughing! I know this sounds like a pretty feeble sacrifice, but you have no idea how lazy I really am! This is a huge thing for me.

I'll keep you posted as to my progress, assuming I don't drop dead.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Spanked in Tanzania

I am, as I mentioned to my rector today in an email, foaming at the mouth about the meeting of the Anglican Primates in Tanzania, and especially because some bishops from the Global South refused to participate in the Eucharist with our own Bishop Katharine, due to the Episcopal Church's liberal views.

I don't have any real perspective on this, and I don't even pretend to be objective. I don't see how anyone, for any reason, could assume that the church has a right to reject God's call to non-celibate gays and lesbians, who have historically not been allowed to marry! It's the old "Catch-22." Get a clue, Africa!

OK. Down, girl. My rector says to remain calm, and to pray hard for all involved. Bishop Katharine's reflection on the Tanzania meeting, which you can read at the Episcopal News Service site (RSS feed is below), is careful to praise the non-controversial aspects of the gathering, and humble (and loving) in relating the rest. She clearly takes the long view: that, with prayer and patience, as Mother Julian says, all will be well, and justice will be served for all our sisters and brothers. Well, the long view has always been hard for me, especially when peoples' lives and happiness hang in the balance. I should work on this.

Just one of the many things I should work on! Good thing I'm not a bishop ...

Monday, February 12, 2007

Hoping for snow ...

With all due respect to the hardships suffered by the folks in upstate New York ... I am hoping and waiting for a snowstorm.

Not that I want 100 inches of snow! Not at all! Two feet would be plenty! My husband and I would not have to go to work, and could sit home by the fire, surrounded by dogs. This is pretty much a picture of heaven for me.

We have a chance of snow tomorrow night into Wednesday -- the first real storm of this rather feeble winter. My fingers are crossed!

Friday, February 02, 2007

Building a chapel

There's lots of excitement this week at the Church on the Pike!

The J2A (Journey to Adulthood) group moved into new, larger digs, where they can have a sofa and other soft seating, plus a TV with a DVD player. This was a great move for them and me! What they left behind is a basement room which the Rector said we could refit as a meditation chapel (we have a large chapel on the main floor, but people pass through it on the way to the kitchen and the bathrooms -- not very conducive to quiet prayer).

Now, this basement room in itself is nothing to write home about. It's 8.5 feet wide and 40 feet long, and is illuminated by blindingly bright fluorescent lights (we are determined to find softer lighting). The blue carpet is elderly and stained. But the kids did paint it nicely when they vacated, and at one end we have placed the altar that used to be used for Sunday School chapel services. Bingo! Instant chapel! Now we just have to work on the fine points.

I have lots of wonderful help. One friend is very creative, and came up with a great idea for reusing an old dossal that had been lying abandoned. Another friend is a bargain hunter, and knows the best places to get cheap, good-quality carpet. Yet another person is investigating window film, possibly in a stained-glass pattern, to help us cut the glare. One idea begets another. I am fortunate to have creative friends!

If we can get new carpet laid in time, we would like to have a Lenten Quiet Day on the 17th of March. I'm praying we can be ready by then! Anyone who'd like to share ideas for what else we might need in our chapel should post them here!