Tag: Christianity

Facing Death: World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day. This morning my social media streams contained a steady drip of reminders about it. Some were stories of hope and healing, but more were of battle and bereavement. Even the word “cancer” is difficult. As a descriptor of illness it’s so incredibly general as to be practically semantically empty, but simultaneously its…

A Queer Sort of Christmas

All I want for Christmas, just about now, is a break! I read somewhere in the last few days that being ordained really messes with your family Christmas traditions, and I can testify to that. I will still get a holiday – it’ll just happen when every else goes back to work. Before that, though, I have to finish…

On Shepherding

What does it mean to be a shepherd? Different things to different people, no doubt. It’s context dependent, for one: Where are you? What is the land like? The climate? Do you (or can you) belong here? Do (or can) your flock? A shepherd will need to know, and will constantly be learning about, the…

Water

Back in to the hubbub of the city today. A quick jog-ette (run/walk 2:1 with a couple of cheeky wee 3:1’s thrown in) round the locale for Janathon day 12, and I know I am well and truly home. I do love it here, but it was great to be away. I enjoyed walking along…

The other side of the line

Probably my second favourite book of 2013 was a memoir by an American Lutheran pastor, Nadia Bolz-Weber. In one of the passages I liked best she wrote about how she likes to “box” things: X is good. Y is bad. I like to do that too; it makes life easier if I can categorise things…