After Rest and Bread tonight, he and Jason D. were talking about functional vs. ontological theologies of ordination. Then Jeff and I finished cleaning up and talked about various things, including Jeff's Reflection and how apparently I'm so over reflections on transition etc. (but I affirmed to him that it was a very good topic of reflection for this community in this moment -- it just wasn't anything I apparently needed to hear in my process right now, but I talked about my Easter Wednesday reflection and how I really needed to write that sermon for me as well as for the community). But it couldn't have been much past 8pm judging by how bright it was out. I saw some sunset colors in the sky as we were walking.
We talked about Laura Ruth's departure and Tiffany's departure and the fact that Laura Ruth did a lot of pastoral care, rather than a lot of "programming" per se, but she did do a lot of work for re/New for example and the tension between things that are important to the community and things that the members of the community have the gifts and ability to make happen (see also, Sunday night's CWM meeting about Fellowship Meal). JoeF often invokes the aphorism, "God's work, done in God's way, will never lack God's supply," which makes me uncomfortable.
We also talked about his parents-in-law's ELCA church in Iowa (liberals tend to leave the church as individuals, conservatives tend to leave and form a breakaway denomination -- which, now that I write it down, strikes me as interestingly in contrast to the Protestant Reformation) and denominationalism and Jeff raised the question of whether one reason evangelical megachurches seem exponentially bigger than mainline Protestant churches is because "we have 17 churches with 25 members each, and they have 1 church with 17 times 25 members." [Sidebar: parody video of Sunday Mornings at a megachurch]
Housemate (as I walked into the house ~10:15pm): "How goes?"
me: "I'm already up past my bedtime, I haven't packed for Northampton, and I'm getting up at 5:30 tomorrow morning."
Housemate: "Ouch. [Pause] At least you don't have to go to work tomorrow, so if you're a little out of it that's okay."
me: "... Um, no. I'm getting up at 5:30am, going to morning prayer, then going to the gym, then going to work, and leaving early at 4pm to get a bus to Northampton."
Housemate: "Oh... I thought you were getting up at 5:30 to leave for Northampton."
I left work today feeling irritated at one or two people, and during the silent period of Confession at Rest and Bread I focused on letting go of that anger.
femslash_minis is having a Wishverse round, and mosca made a "Unicorns, Fuck Yeah!" Tumblr.