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We are an Easter People, and even at the grave, Alleluia is our song.

January 25, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — discernthis @ 7:37 pm

For most of my life, similar arguments kept me from even being able to hear my call, much less accept it. Now, in eight days I will be ordained a deacon with Saint Sebastian Independent Catholic Church.

The editorial from Jimmy Carter is a few years old, but its message rings just as loud and clear today.



Baby steps January 10, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — discernthis @ 10:16 pm

Whelp, I just requested information from a seminary. It’s the first step I’ve taken towards further education, which I will have before being ordained a priest. I’m not sure what degree I will go for or even what kind of school/seminary I will attend yet, but I guess I’m starting the process. First up, Lancaster Theological Seminary, a United Church of Christ seminary in Lancaster, PA, about 80 minutes away from where I live now. I like that it’s UCC, and I like that it’s close–but not in DC, which has nightmare potential when it comes to the commute.
Any suggestions for other programs to consider? I’m thinking maybe Fall of 2014 for a start date…I’m going to need a nice break to get used to life as a deacon and read novels and find a social work job with enough flexibility for me to go back to school and whatever other plans God has for me and and and.

But it’s another step! Crikey, 22 days. I’m getting really excited. Are you coming? Please?


My People, One month from now… January 2, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — discernthis @ 5:39 pm

In case you haven’t heard the news, it’s official: on February 2, 2013, I will be ordained to the transitional diaconate for St. Sebastian Catholic Community. I’ll post details as I get them, but here’s what I have so far:

February 2, 2013 at 1pm

St. John United Church of Christ

1000 S. Rolling Road

Catonsville, MD 21228


All are welcome.


Welcome to 2013, the Year of More Good Things

Filed under: Uncategorized — discernthis @ 12:44 am

I was about to go to bed when I realized it’s been a very long time again since I last posted, and I decided it’d be a good thing to start off 2013 with some daily writing.

Some days, I don’t want to write. Some days, it’s easier to keep whatever is floating around in the back of my head right where it is, simmering and stewing without really paying any attention to it. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately.

it isn’t necessarily that I don’t want to think about whatever it is; I just don’t want to deal with it right then. Now, for example. I have so much to process and write about, and I really want to share some of it with other people, but it takes so much energy. I don’t know that I have it in me tonight.
I got a bonus week off of field though, and since I didn’t find out about it until today, I don’t have anything planned. That means that I’ve fewer excuses for avoiding my New Year’s Resolutions/To Do List.

Here we go:

  1. Regular exercise (I’m pretty sure that’s required for Resolution lists)
  2. Daily writing (for real this time)
  3. Get ordained (February 2, 2013! That’s one month from today. One. Month.)
  4. Keep a Gratitude Journal (Oh! I know! I’ll do that here. Then I’ll always have something to post about.)


Gratitude Journal, January 1, 2013

Love. I am grateful for love. Is it corny? Probably. Do I care? No.  I receive so much of it, from so many directions, and I am often overwhelmed by it. So today I’m especially grateful for the love I receive from my parents, my siblings, my nieces, my extended family, my friends, my church community, and my boyfriend. I don’t know what I would do without you all.

I’m also grateful for honey-baked ham. Holy macarole, that stuff is amazing.

Also, Val and Sheetrock. Val is being particularly adorable at the moment, as she is stretched out on the other couch, with her head on my favorite blanket (which also happens to be her favorite blanket), her bone behind her head, and her stuffed fish toy half hanging out of her mouth since she fell asleep while chewing on it. Sheetrock curled up with me for an afternoon nap today and purred like I’d been out of town for a week (it was almost a week, but not quite).