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...for joining me as I journey to ordination to Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church USA. I will journal my hopes and fears, my joys and disappointments that I experience in the process. I'll think aloud my pastoral theology and my theology in general along with my observations about the ECUSA.

If you're looking for in-depth theological discussions or arguments, you've come to the wrong place. However, if you wish to walk with me on this journey - welcome and thank you.

Monday, December 1, 2008

First Things First

I am a PK - a preacher's kid and preacher's grand kid. My father is from the Baptist tradition and my mother is Pentecostal. My grandfather was a Baptist pastor. In fact a long line of relatives, both male and female, are clergy. I guess it's what my family does.

I grew up in a fundamentalist, conservative Christian home. The first chance I got I stop doing church. I spent most of my childhood in church almost everyday of the week except Monday. Growing up in the Catholic city of New Orleans meant that my family was the odd one.

I married a Roman Catholic and would attend Mass with him; I found that I enjoyed Mass and the priest's homily. It was only after I answered God's call to preach that I realized that I had to find a church where my call to holy orders would be recognized. Thus began a journey. I went to the Methodist Church, the African Methodist Episcopal, and the Baptist Church before becoming frustrated and again staying home.

One Sunday morning I was driving and praying and crying when I took the wrong turn home. I saw this grand edifice across from city hall and decided to go inside the church. I thought it was too early for service and I would go inside to meditate. When I walked in I was shocked speechless. There was a woman priest celebrating Eucharist; a black woman. It was the first time I had seen a black, female priest in person.

I was home. I knew God had answered my prayer. You see that morning I lamented to God that there was no where for me to go. I had no mentor. I was alone. God said, "You are never alone."

That was 5 years ago when I first entered seminary. That's how long it's taken me to get to the point of having a discernement committee. So it goes in the ECUSA.


6 comments:

PioneerValleyWoman said...

Thanks for your interest in my blog! I like seeing your story, and I hope to hear from you. I'll put you on my sidebar.

Lynn said...

PioneerValleyWoman,

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the link luv. I love your site and I am enjoying reading your perspective on society, religion, and the academy.

Revvy Rev said...

God's blessings upon your ministry. I understand the frustrations that you have gone through, particularly in the Baptist tradition. But God seems to always do things God's way. I hope to read more of your thought and experience.

PioneerValleyWoman said...

You're welcome, Lynn, and I glad you like it! I look forward to hearing more about your journey. I have been curious about the ordination process--I know of one person, an academic who became an Episcopal priest, long after he became a professor and raised a family. I know of his discernment process, although I wasn't a participant. The process seemed to be something else, from what he explained to me. As for me, I think my place is to be a lay minister. I toyed with the idea of seminary, but I don't think that is where things are with me for now. I have considered, though, some certificate program (besides the EFM I am doing now) which I might use in my writing...Ethics in society, from an Episcopal standpoint. Some would say "we have none," since the via media is the primary thing in their eyes. But there must be something to work with/create outside of that "via media", I think.

shwoodruff said...

Lynn, thanks so much for your comments. Good luck on your own journey--and it does indeed sound like an exciting one. I am proud of you for following God this far, and at least know that the toughest part is already behind you! But enjoy the journey. It will be neat to see where God takes you!

Kymberly said...

I didn't think to go back to the beginning of your blog until now. I'm so glad you did. Because I spent my seminary years rubbing shoulders and making friends with people from other denominations I have developed a serious case of holy envy. I'm glad to read about your journey. I'm buckled in and ready for the rest!