This book is another read on the road to discernment for the diaconate. Deacons provided a vital ministry in the early church, but faded away in histoThis book is another read on the road to discernment for the diaconate. Deacons provided a vital ministry in the early church, but faded away in history. There is now a resurgence in the Episcopal Church. I continue to say that my goal is to someday be an ordained deacon. If that is so, I need to reflect on why this goal and not another. This book helps me answer the question as to why I see myself doing this. Deacons have two major ministries: care and justice. As I wade through, and sometimes get lost, in the intricacies of theology, doctrine, and the dos and don'ts of liturgy, let me always remember this clear charge. My mission is to bring care and justice to the world.
This book includes a wonderful overview, including the role of deacons and deaconesses in church history. Much wonderful and obscure history woven in with first person stories about vital ministries. From shelters, to the altar, to prisons, to schools— deacons bring the church to the world and brings the world back to the awareness of the church.
There are many worthy passages here. This is one of my favorites:
"Deacons are to be lights of ministry at the center of the church. One distinctive role of deacons is to hold up mercy and justice, just as they hold up the paschal candle in the midst of all the smaller, hand- held candles of the Easter Vigil, so that the people, led and encouraged by an example of radiance, will go into a world of darkness with candles of Christ."
Do you love New York? I thought so. Here is a wonderful little book about John D. Rockefeller, Jr., his love of art and architecture, and the fortuneDo you love New York? I thought so. Here is a wonderful little book about John D. Rockefeller, Jr., his love of art and architecture, and the fortune he spent building the cloisters at Fort Tryon Park. Washington Heights is a happening place. Wonderful photos and schematics. Enjoy....more
Rich in history and anecdotes that span the village's existence. Wonderful photographs of everything—Mabel Dodge's famous salon, the former residenceRich in history and anecdotes that span the village's existence. Wonderful photographs of everything—Mabel Dodge's famous salon, the former residence of Alexander Hamilton, the school building that is now the LGBT center, the Stonewall Inn, Eugene O'Neill and the Provincetown Players, John Reed and the activist Masses Magazine, the famous indie movie houses, cafe society haunts, off-off Broadway theaters. Good history about people, places, and architecture. Historical figures from past centuries are treated as equals to the village's Halloween parade and the punk era of the 1980s — just as it should be. Published in 1990, so some information is dated. ...more
Easy to read and beautifully written book about the father of three great religions. The author travels to Jerusalem, interviews prominent religious sEasy to read and beautifully written book about the father of three great religions. The author travels to Jerusalem, interviews prominent religious scholars, and travels to the places key to Abraham's story. Many passages stand out, but these are my two favorite quotes:
The message of Abraham is to be alone, to be quiet, and to listen. If you never hear the Call in the first place, you'll never know which way to go.
The Bible would fail as history; it disappoints is a reportage. But this may be exactly why it succeeds as narrative — and scripture....more
This writing is full of rich and wonderful images and prose. The strength of this novel is in the characters' inner life. Annabel is the story of an iThis writing is full of rich and wonderful images and prose. The strength of this novel is in the characters' inner life. Annabel is the story of an inter sexed infant born boy and girl. The non pc description is "hermaphrodite." The story clearly shows the shame, secrecy, and, finally, the understanding that brings Wayne/Annabel into a full life....more
As a woman writer and a feminist I know I should have read this book long ago. I have read one other novel by Virginia Woolf —Orlando. Her writing styAs a woman writer and a feminist I know I should have read this book long ago. I have read one other novel by Virginia Woolf — Orlando. Her writing style is certainly a throwback to another era — with long, rich sentences and paragraphs that go on for pages. Still, she injects such keen insight and humor into her writing that I had to keep reading. A Room of One's Own clearly outlines the societal limitations heaped on women writers and women in the creative arts. Given how oppressed and financially stifled women were, it is a major achievement that the works of Jane Austen or the Brontes reached publication and survived these many centuries. While Woolf does not love Austen's work, she describes here all the subterfuge and effort Jane had to go through to even steal minutes of writing time from the embroidery and other womanly crafts she was expected to do.
I especially loved the chapter on the trip to the library and a review of novels and books written by lesser-known women. Woolf picks up and starts to review a novel by a Mary Carmicheal. There is nothing extraordinary about this work until the author inserts one specific line while describing a female friendship. "They liked each other." Now, things get interesting, Woolf writes.
There were so many other wonderful bits and observations. I will list her a few that stood out for me:
“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. But to sacrifice a hair of the head of your vision, a shade of its colour, in deference to some Headmaster with a silver pot in his hand or to some professor with a measuring-rod up his sleeve, is the most abject treachery, and the sacrifice of wealth and chastity which used to be said to be the greatest of human disasters, a mere flea-bite in comparison.
Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.
Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
Pema Chödrön wasn't always Pema Chödrön. She embraced Buddhism and her Buddhist name after living as a married woman and school teacher. When her husbPema Chödrön wasn't always Pema Chödrön. She embraced Buddhism and her Buddhist name after living as a married woman and school teacher. When her husband announced he wanted a divorce, she flew into rage and grief. But that led to a search for a better way to live. She is now an honored author, Buddhist nun, and teacher.
This short, small book about practicing peace is based on her human experience, and the reactions and human traits we all share.
Many points of wisdom here. I list here just a few.
War is never going to end as long as our hearts are hardened against each other.
Clobbering people with your peace sign? The next time you get angry, check out your righteous indignation, check out your fundamentalism that supports your hatred of this person...
Whenever there's that sting of pain, I practice pausing, because I know that that moment is precious.
There is a practice we can do right then to help us stay present and awake. It is called compassionate abiding. Compassionate abiding provides a way to no longer invest in reactions with so much absolute truth....more
These characters and the choices they faced will stay with me for a while. At its heart, this is a love story. Albeit, an unlikely one. A vibrant inteThese characters and the choices they faced will stay with me for a while. At its heart, this is a love story. Albeit, an unlikely one. A vibrant intelligent young man survives an accident as a quadriplegic. He does not want to live in a life-less body. His family hires a caregiver who seems, on the surface, unambitious and trapped in a small world of her own. Quite a while into the story we learn about her and her survival of her own life-changing trauma. Together, these two people help each other learn more about themselves and about love. The story provoked deep questions about those who want to die and those of us left behind. Very worth reading. ...more
This book follows the same format as The Hours. Michael Cunningham tells three different stories, but weaves in similar features and themes. In this bThis book follows the same format as The Hours. Michael Cunningham tells three different stories, but weaves in similar features and themes. In this book the poetry of Walt Whitman is quoted and referenced by characters that span several centuries. I was not as moved by this novel as I was by The Hours, but I am always impressed by the author's exquisite word choices and story-telling skill. I will be reading more by Michael Cunningham....more