tweet, tweeet, TWEET

In case you’ve not read the side bar, today’s game is to combine my synod lunch-time talk on Twitter with Kelvin’s 3 minute proper-synod talk on mission.  (the game is mine, don’t blame him for it.)

so, the game is this:

you have 140 characters (including spaces an punctuation) to say something about what the misison of the SEC should be.  If you twitter, please do it there and use the #pisky tag (in which case you will have 133 characters left).  Even if you don’t twitter, have a go here.

And if you blog, and you think there is mileage here, please pass word on.

This would be really helpful for my synod talk  (hint hint).  In fact, the more #pisky tags that are used today the better, whatever the topic.

The first person to play was someone here in Dunblane.  He offered:

To be a place of welcome and integrity, of laughter, reverence and joy.
To live for others, so that each may be fully alive.

A good start, I think.

You don’t have to be pisky to join in.


Oh the blogging possibilities.  Every hour or so I think ‘I must write about this’ but then the phone rings, someone appears at the door, I lose another hour looking for something in the church, or I get caught up with weddings, visits, discussions about where we are going and what we are hoping for.

My days are wonderfully diverse here.  And — because everything is new, and there is so much to take in — it is utterly exhausting.  This will pass.  I remember it from the first month of my curacy:  things that later felt very easy and hardly took any energy were at first  so full of surprises that I would at some point each week simply crash and sleep for an hour.

But the biggest surprise so far is that ordained life might indeed be what I thought it was when I went through selection.

I know:  all candidates are romantics.  We all have unrealistic hopes and visions of what the church is, what priesthood is, and how we might fit in.   But still, there must be something in all that dreaming.  And yet so much of my ordained life so far has not been that.  There have been many riches, many experiences I would not trade, but while I always knew it was what I was called to, there was always a gap between expectations and reality that I couldn’t quite name.

In the past fortnight here, there is no gap.

There is joy.

People come and go, conversations arise.  Drains are cleared and linens are washed and fish are carefully removed from walls.  The garden fills with children and then falls silent as the Rabbit nibbles on the lawn before bedtime.  I found the wagtails today, and sat by the bed of someone who was dying.  Yesterday, we played with 60 children in the church and taught them about baptism.  They loved it and we loved it, and everyone got wet.  There are discussions on liturgy and music, discernment of ministries and the importance of the link with a project in Zambia that the sisters from OHP run.

When I go into the church, I never know what will happen.  Sometimes it is the quiet hush of a building resting, waiting, and I can slip easily into prayer.  Other times it is a meeting ground:  women wandering home after the craft group, teenagers wandering in after a bad day of computing.  Sometimes something inbetween:  flowers quietly and beautifully being prepared, collections being counted, people just there.

It is good.

on baptism

An unexpected question on baptism led to the Code of Canons again, and I’ve learned something surprising.

By church law, we seem to assume that only children are baptized.  Canon 27 says this:

On the Administration of Holy Baptism

  1. In the administration of the Sacrament of Baptism, the sponsors must have been themselves baptised, and shall, if possible, be communicants.
  2. In default of others, the parents of the child may be admitted as sponsors, and in cases of necessity, of which the cleric administering the Sacrament shall be judge, one sponsor shall be deemed sufficient.
  3. While the Sacrament of Baptism shall normally be administered in church, the clergy may baptise elsewhere when, by reason of some impediment, the child cannot be brought to church.
  4. …  [tells you what to do if you’re not sure if someone’s been baptized]

Time for a new canon, then?  (though I fear the poor committee on cannons would never get a night’s sleep if we insisted that all canons were accurate, useful and appropriate for current teaching and practice.)

canon 36

I am spending quite a lot of time right now trying to help people understand canon 36:  the canon by which two or more congregations can formally come together as a Joint Incumbency or a Linked Charge.

Because there are three congregations, every question is getting asked over and over again.

So, I am beginning a wiki.   FAQs on Canon 36.

Would you please join in?

I’m not very clever with wikis and have started it off in Google docs.  That means that if you are willing to join in I have to invite you, so — please tell me in the comments, and pass word on to anyone you know who has been involved in this process or is willing to admit to caring about canon law.

Alternately, you can suggest a better way for me to do this.

So far, I have only listed questions (it’s 10.40 pm on Palm Sunday, after all), but will add to it over the course of the next few weeks.   My hope is that we can put together a draft for the committee on canons to revise and correct that can then be added to the Provincial Web Site.   This is just an idea at this point, and I haven’t asked anyone, so don’t mistake this as official.

I do not love starting up online projects, you know, but it seems someone has to.