Wednesday, May 7, 2008

I can come up with a new post but I can't also come up with a title. Sorry.

Hellooo Internets. April is finally over. Finally. Not that anything I've had to do is any more or less than anyone else has to deal with, its just that I was woefully unprepared for all of it and ended up feeling like I wasn't doing any of it well.

Two big projects came due at my full-time, less-enjoyable/fulfilling job and two events occurred at my part-time, more-enjoyable/fulfilling job. Add to the mix that I have been on a search committee at church for the last almost-year to help find a new priest and much of that work all culminated in April. It's been as consuming and in many ways is more stressful than either of the paid gigs - what with all the pressure from God and stuff.

Don't get me wrong, it's been a great experience, but we're just now getting down to the big stuff and it's starting to wear on me. Probably due in part that I'm really much closer to being a Pagan than a Christian (certainly by the Bible-belt standards surrounding me I am). But thankfully I've managed to find myself in a group of free-thinking, inclusive, mostly-liberal, wacko Episcopalians who think that church isn't for sitting and watching, its for going and doing. And by going and doing I don't mean converting and condemning. I mean feeding and clothing and that kind of thing. "Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" as one of our associate priests says. And I like that. And so for a NearPagan I spend a lot of my time at church and have recently spent a tremendous amount of time looking for a new priest.

I had an epiphany not too long ago that the person I want to be my priest needs to have the same basic qualities that I want in my president. A big revelation for the person who throws herself to the floor in a fit at the slightest violation of church and state separation.

When it comes down to it, what I want is a person
  • who is of any gender, ethnicity, age, culture, etc., etc., etc.
  • who is patriotic and faithful but doesn't use the flag or religious text as a weapon or a license for exclusion and oppression.
  • who doesn't have to be the smartest person in the room, but does need to be a critical thinker, an articulate speaker, and get competent people to help and advise.
  • who doesn't need to solve all of my problems or the world's problems, but needs to work hard for justice and peace however and whenever possible.
  • who doesn't need to agree with me about everything, but does need to be compassionate, a consensus-builder, and respect my rights and beliefs.
  • who makes me proud of my country / my religion.

In both instances, I know who I think that person should be. It's just the getting everyone else to agree part that I have to do now. I've done all I can do on the presidential end for the time being and for now I'm concentrating on the priest part.

Here are a couple of pages from the profile we sent to perspective candidates that I think sum things up nicely about who we are and what we want.

Why did I post these? Well, because they are nice reminders for myself when I start to be grouchy about the task at hand. And frankly, because I could use your help with some happy thoughts. Some of you NonNearPagans might call them prayers. And anything you can toss my way would be most appreciated.

Many thanks,


Melissa said...

consider yourself prayed for.

Melissa said...

Tomato Art Fest looks AWESOME! I had no idea there were so many "tomato tunes." And the bloody mary contest and salsa dancing? What a hoot! Maybe some year that'll be our family vacation destination...I've always wanted to take another trip that way--it's beautiful country. Thank you for suggesting the site!

Katie said...

Thank you for blogging. I have been checking. You need to call soon to catch me up on the happenings. I tried your voice mail 19 times on Friday when I got the card and it is acting farflooky. Call. The card ROCKS the house and I have listened to it 386 times since Friday.