--Nadia Bolz-Weber has written a wonderful letter expressing how wonderful our outgoing bishop, Mark Hansen, has been for the Lutheran church. Go here to read it.
--She's the guest this week on the NPR show On Being. If you missed it or if you don't want to wait or if you'd rather read the transcript, go here.
--She's got a book that will be released this coming week. I will buy it.
--N.T. Wright also has a new book on the Psalms. Oh, what the heck. I'll buy it too.
--Yes, I know, I made a resolution that I wouldn't buy new books. But I have a bit of room on the shelves. And I already know that I like these writers.
--I'm happy that I can still afford to buy a book here or there. I keep thinking that at some point, I'll need to adopt an austerity budget, what with our new mortgage and the repairs that a historic house may need. But I'm not at that point yet.
--Last night I woke up to a strange noise, which I later determined was the sound of the electricity going out. My first thought was that my historic house had given up on the electrical system. I wondered where I'd be able to find an electrician on the week-end.
--Then I realized how dark it was. I looked out the window. No streetlights. I realized that it wasn't my problem alone and that the electric company would fix it. I went back to bed and dozed off.
--There's a metaphor here, or maybe it's a life lesson about my tendency to leap to worst case scenarios which rarely turn out to be the case.
--But I don't let my anxiety get in the way of joy, or at least I try not to. I will go to the beach with friends. I will enjoy great books. I will rejoice in the simple pleasures, like a walk to the beach with my husband to share a pizza and a beer--a great supper!
--My friend who was part of the Rosh Hashanah beach excursion called last night. Her daughter wants to go to the beach again today, and they invited me. Fun!
--I wouldn't know this friend, had we not both ended up at the same church. I'm grateful for my local church.
--I'm also grateful for the larger church. Tomorrow we celebrate 25 years of the ELCA--another joy. We'll do some service projects: God's work, our hands.
--Yes, there's much gratitude to be found on this Saturday in September.
I'm a lifelong Lutheran, and although I'm aware of some of the problems with Liberation Theology, it has spoken to me for much of my adolescent and adult life. All of the thoughts on this blog are mine (or those of commenters), and I don't intend to speak for any other Lutherans or Liberation Theologians.
A poet, a scholar, an administrator, a wanna-be mystic--always wrestling with the temptation to run away to join an intentional community--but would it be contemplative? social justice oriented? creative? in the mountains? in the inner city?--may as well stay planted and wrestle with these tensions and contradictions here, at the edge of America.
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