Writing assignment

Well, dear reader, I am once again forced to apologize for neglecting 7WD for several weeks. Amid job transition (and related chaos), some travel, and sundry obligations, I haven’t managed to make time for blogging. But now I’m at least running in front of the avalanche of transition, so I can squeeze in a few blog posts as long as I stay ahead of the proverbial snow. (I am using this metaphor to cool off 7WD readers who are sweltering in summer unpleasantness right now.)

Anyway, a colleague of mine has been sending me emails with various requests for things here on 7WD. It seemed like a pretty good place to begun, so I’ll start with this list and intersperse it with things in my (now massive) blog hopper. I welcome your requests — including your requests for things on this list you’d like to see first or things which bore you that you’d rather not read.

  • Ordination vs. Consecration— the confusion over what, exactly, it is that we do to bishops. Straighten the crazy people out and make them use their language more carefully, please.
  • Holy Week Thoughts— a survey of the liturgies of holy week and what you learned (aka– people shouldn’t mess with the prayer book especially on high holy days, the beauty of these liturgies speaks for itself.)
  • Mandatory Reporting— the implications of the new Title IV for all clergy both in our exercise of ministry and our “reporting” of violations (with a handy form so that we can fulfill our canonical obligations, please!)
  • Don’t make sh*t up— the prayer book has a lot of room for innovation/creativity. You don’t have to make sh*t up where it’s not allowed. Only people who have a serious, solid understanding of the PB should play with new liturgies. This could be coupled with your realization at GoL of the generational gap in this respect.
  • Gathering of Leaders— I want to hear about some of the awesome stuff you heard/learned. Give us some hope for the church.
  • I had a conversation with someone earlier this week who talked about “authorized hymnals”. I told him that canon does not authorize a particular hymnal or hymnals. In fact, I later looked up and the phrase “authorized hymnal” is in II.3.5, but nowhere else is this explained, and there seems to be no list of authorized hymnals, nor a process for authorizing hymnals… What’s up with that? We authorize prayer books and biblical translations, is it truly “anything goes” with respect to music in TEC? That seems problematic…
  • Also, re: Holy Women, Holy Men (which, God help us, we’ve been using here at ______)… Are you going to write a thoughtful, thorough response to this to send to the Liturgy and Music Commission? Is there some avenue for feedback? If so, what?
  • What happened at Christ Church? It’s time you started writing about this: the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
  • I am tired of people describing themselves as “low church” when what they really mean is “sloppy” or “we do things the way we like and refuse to do certain centuries-old traditions simply because we are stubborn New Englanders and we don’t like them.” People need to be reminded that the phrases “high church” and “low church” actually have meaning, and that EITHER form of worship can be done well. Low Church does not mean sloppy and thoughtless.
  • Also, I think you need a post on “the real truth about intinction.” let’s just call a spade a spade and tell people that it originated from hypochondriac discriminatory people who were afraid of AIDS and the gays. Hell, maybe if these high-minded New Englanders knew that they would swing the other direction.

OK, I’m off to write. Hoping to have post #1 up in the next 12 hours or so. A couple of these will be combined, but the subject matter gives me something to chew on…and perhaps it will offer you fodder for thought and comment.

Also, you should expect to read some choice words about my archnemesis, who is about to be promoted in the Massachusetts blogosphere. Through no effort or merit of his own.

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3 Responses

  1. Barbara Baxter says:

    re: churchmanship
    I still like my godmother’s summary from decades ago (perhaps coined from her grandfather, a priest): “High and crazy, Low and Lazy, Broad and hazy.”

  2. Veronica says:

    I hope in your discussion of intinction, you include this lovely discussion from my friend Hugh of St. Victor, c. 1134: Yet, as a result of the fact that the Lord gave to His betrayer a dipped morsel to mark him, custom has it that the faithful should not receive the body of Christ when dipped. (De Sacramentis II.VIII.IV)

    Intinction is far older than the AIDS crisis. Use in the US can be tied to both Spanish Flu and the integration of churches. Ugly, either way. But I think the Judas reference is most compelling!

  3. Bob Chapman says:

    Intinction could actually spread more germs than the common cup. http://www.anglican.ca/faith/ministry/euc-practice-infection/

    People forget that hands carry germs, too.