Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

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"She comes when the empire falls And shines on crumbling walls"

Wednesday night, someone was talking about Priestessing and energies and etc. and LEM-Jeff said it sounded a lot like the charismatic Christian movement.  This was something of an ah-ha moment for me, because I tend to be dismissive of paganism and stuff about "energy" and so on, but I do believe that essentially all religions/spiritualities are different paths to access the same Divine which we can never entirely understand.

At one point, commenting on how I didn't really have grounds to say that something is "too out there," I said, "I believe that some guy rose from the dead and that that's Important, so..."

Later I was asking more specific questions about ritual and Priestessing and stuff and finding myself really interested in learning more about that, even though I feel pretty strongly that that's not my path.

***

Laurel likes country music, so that's what was on the radio when we were in her car.  One song had something about "are you washed in the blood or just washed in the water" and we were talking about that.  (I can't find it now.  I think it was different from "God Love Her," which was another song that Laurel was like, "A little bit Christian for me, but I do like it.")  I was trying to explain blood atonement to her, which was, um, challenging, because I don't really think about atonement theology much at all, period.  (She grew up Reform Jewish.)
"God Love Her" (Toby Keith)

Just a girl born in Dixie
washed in the blood
and raised on the banks
of the Mississippi mud
[...]

She's a rebel child
and a preacher's daughter
She was baptized in dirty water
Her mama cried the first time
they caught her with me
They knew they couldn't stop her

She holds tight to me and the Bible
on the back seat of my motorcycle
Left her daddy standin' there
preachin' to the choir
You see...God love her
Oh me and God love her
***

In other news, Jeff and Laurel were talking about some personal issue and he was asking is this the kind of thing where if it were someone else she would be comforting them even though she beats up herself.  She said maybe but that she's not really someone whom people go to for comfort -- that she never knows the right thing to say, that people go to someone like me for comfort.  :)

I was like, "I never know the right thing to say either.  You basically only know me in the context of the two of us, and I just listen to you and pet your hair.  Though I do agree with your assessment that you're just not so much the comforting sort."

Jeff turned to me and was like, "So you feel called to pastoral care?" and I was like, "No.  But let me tell you about my interest in dialogue and mediation work."
i've not learned
the acceptable way of saying
you fascinate me
i've not even learned
how to say i like you
without frightening people
away

sometimes i see things
that aren't really there
like warmth and kindness
when people are mean
but sometimes i see things
like fear and want to soothe it
or fatigue and want to share it
or love and want to receive it

-from "Poem (for EMA)" by Nikki Giovanni
Tags: ecumenical dialogue, music, religion, religion: christianity, spiritual gifts, spiritual gifts: pastoral care
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