Sunday, February 08, 2009

these are a few of my favorite things...

-Getting some very encouraging words at church today, on the heels of some less encouraging news. The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has elected a new moderator: Rev. Stafford Carson, and he's against female ordination (and refused at one point to share the pulpit with a female minister from a neighbor church for a joint service). Today in the service, he was prayed for, as were "all women in ministry." I felt really loved and supported. Also, a woman came up to say that her young son thought I was "the coolest minister ever" because I played guitar and stayed up until 2am at Nightreach to give tea, soup and bacon sandwiches to students in the area. These words really uplifted me all day long.

-Hearing a steady drip-drip-drip from the window and looking up to see a huge sheet of ice dangling from the roof and melting slowly. A few minutes later, I heard a whoosh-thunk as the ice all tumbled down at once.

-Standing in the snow while having a happy conversation and letting snowflakes stay on my nose and eyelashes.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I feel your frustration, sista. I only hope that he realizes what a shadow he is casting on the church. Seems the rest of the world isn't quite as progressive as the States...and the U.S. has some improving do to as well. I think it will always be our challenge as women, but that doesn't mean you're not making a difference...every day. Keep that chin (wadddle) up!

"Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton


...ashley patranella

Rob J said...

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Sorry about your moderator- that's really tough. But, your youth seemed to be more clued into your real identity....cool pastor who delights in service.

Anonymous said...

We would be honored to someday worship at Armagh Road Presbyterian Church. Thanks be to God for their faithful following of Christ's teachings. We love you, Whitney . . . Mother and Daddy

Anonymous said...

Speaking of youth, would any of your youth be interested in sharing their faith walk with my kids? Sean, Darby and Katie are finding themselves at a different place in their walk than the other kids in their youth groups. If you have anyone aged 12, 14 or 17 who would be willing to share, my kids would love it. It might not hurt that they all have Irish names (but tell them Darby is a girl over here not a guy!). I'd like to just do email through me right now and if they hit it off, we can move to myspace or the kids' email accounts. Just to make sure things aren't getting too intense.

Let me know what you think,
Kristie Swoboda