I go to Church a lot. I'm an Episcopalian (formerly a catholicish Methodist, turned MCCer) . I'm also an aspiring Priest and Anthropologist( of the socio-cultural variety). Also, I'm a gay with a wonderful Boyfriend. This blog will likely be a combination of churchy things, anthropology, and things I find amusing. Please forgive my grammar and style, because most of my writing on here is stream of consciousness. I don't argue.
O God of truth and peace, who raised up your servant Richard Hooker in a day of bitter controversy to defend with sound reasoning and great charity the catholic and reformed religion: Grant that we may maintain that middle way, not as a compromise for the sake of peace, but as a comprehension for the sake of truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
God’s gift of the church is the institutionalization of Christian humanity, and humanity is, among other things, always and everywhere a mess. Christians can claim that we have all the answers. We can claim that every truth about God is plainly and directly revealed in the text of scripture and that there are no theological problems, only a failure to read. Or we can claim that all Christian truth resides in the authority of one individual see or patriarchate and the historical structures which surround it, and that there are no theological problems, only a failure to hear. Or we can, instead, be honest about the mess which we human beings are so good at making, and be honest about our need to be led by the Spirit into truth. The church is the creation of Jesus Christ because human beings are in such need of it. We need God’s help to pray and to worship, we need God’s help to love and to serve. That’s what the church is, the conglomeration of our need and the infinite gift of God’s grace in meeting it in Christ.
-Fr. Peter Groves
Fieldwork is like sex: It is often messy. It can be awkward, especially at first. It requires some flexibility. It is at best spontaneous and, no matter what one’s proposal may say, simply cannot be planned. Like sex, even bad sex, fieldwork is always productive: it produces sensations, emotions, intimate knowledge of oneself and others.
Patty Kelly, “Awkward Intimacies: Prostitution, Politics and Fieldwork in Urban Mexico”
(Looking forward to that dissertation…)
- Spock: don't do the thing
- Kirk: I'M GOING TO DO THE THING
- #mccoy: WHY THE HELL DID YOU DO THE THING
- #Uhura: I THOUGHT WE TOLD YOU NOT TO DO THE THING
- #Sulu: I VOLUNTEER TO HELP DO THE THING
- #Chekov: THE THING WAS INWENTED IN RUSSIA
- #Bemused writer: That's pretty much the plot of MY ENEMY, MY ALLY right there. (adding)
- #Seductively intelligent alien: Go on, you know you want to do the thing. Let's do it.
- #Everybody else: NOOOO NOT THE THING! ...Oh fuck.
- #Writer: :)
Christianity is not an afterlife insurance policy where you sign on the dotted line once and pay an occasional premium.
Me to an evangelical friend (via agayepiscopalian)