I went hunting for a post on my old blog the other day and it took forever to find it both because I failed to tag anything (as continues to be the case with most posts here) and because I posted. so. darn. much. Past tense… life is so different now.
It seems blog reading and writing has slipped away as more disciplined exercise and the demands of academia and motherhood have slipped in. My apologies, dear bloggy friends. I do read your posts occasionally though I comment rarely. And I think about posting myself, but it never seems to happen.
Well, here it is Sunday. I have preached twice. I’m going to take advantage of this quiet church office to get some grading and studying done. But as I eat my lunch I thought I’d check in. I’ve got nothing profound to say. Let me just bullet some updates. What is going on with me right now?
- I overheard someone say that there are eight weeks left in the semester. Gulp.
- It is fall break this week (Thursday-Sunday), but as I don’t have classes on Friday anyhow… and as I have A LOT of catch-up work that needs to be done… it won’t be much of a break. Grateful for one extra day for catch-up.
- I’m in two seminars this semester.
- One is a writing seminar for my fellowship program. It is designed to (hopefully) teach us how to write a publishable article in our disciplines. Good skill to learn. The topic for the seminar is marriage. We are to write papers that take on this big topic from some angle with attention paid to “real situations in ministry.” I’m doing historical work relevant to my bigger academic interests. If you follow me on facebook then you know I’ve been spending quality time with Martin Luther and Jean Calvin. I’m seeking to understand the arguments that they advanced for a married clergy. I want to know what positive function marriage to be serving for the clergy. And I want to understand what they understood themselves to be arguing against. As they helped to open the door to honesty about clerical sexuality (or at least the fact clergy are sexual beings who engage in sexual acts) and as clerical sexuality is a hot topic in just about every church that I know about… I thought it might be worth going back and understanding what they thought they were up to. And I’m really enjoying the explorations. I am, as of yet, uncertain, I’ll find anything publishable to say, but… we shall see.
- My other class is a required survey in “Contemporary Theology.” It is basically a 20th century survey class. We’re covering one to two thinkers a week. There will be an exam at the end of this class. And I have a big paper to write for this class (for which I need to settle on a topic and start the research!!!) I have a study group in this class. At first it was just a study partner, one of my former students, actually, but another doctoral student and another masters level student have joined us. We’re working to create a massive comparative chart of all the thinkers. I am so grateful for these colleagues willing to put in a bit of extra time every week so that our study at the end of the semester won’t be so arduous. We’re going to spend a full morning together on Thursday to fill in lots of blank spots on our chart.
- I still haven’t finished the paper for the Aquinas seminar I took last semester. I am meeting, weekly, with the history professor with whom I have been working so closely to work on translating a medieval commentary on the Latin mass to help (hopefully) with my Aquinas paper. It has been fascinating so far, but I can scarcely remember all the research I’ve already done for this paper, and I’m having a hard time figuring out when it will get written. I knew there was a reason I never take incompletes.
- I’m also meeting weekly with a group of students and the same prof to do Latin Bible Study. We’re slowly reading through the Gospel of Mark. Keeping the Latin up between these two commitments- sort of.
- I’m still slowly working on my guided reading on the history of Theology in America- when I can fit that reading and appointments to discuss it in.
- I’m t.a.ing an integrative seminar for M.Div. students in their last year. Enjoying helping to nurture creative projects along.
- Until this past week I’ve been exercising really diligently and a week ago I ran my first 5k race. Slow and steady, jogged the whole way. And this week… apparently I needed a break.
- I’m preaching at least 3 times a month for the same congregation I preached for all summer. They are looking for an interim- either to work with me as primary worship leader or to do the whole job (which is, I think, what they need and what I am encouraging them to seek.) It has been nice to have a bit of extra income. And it has, in some ways, been vocationally clarifying. I’m repurposing old sermons, mostly. I don’t believe in this practice, but it is working. So… go figure. I can’t do anything else.
- Caroline is AMAZING. But what’s new?
- Kev is amazing. But also, what’s new? He’s providing child care to several different kids and babies throughout the week. And doing a great job at this. And Caroline, for the most part, does great with the other kids!
- I’ve been trying out the Anti-Candida diet (google it if you’re interested) the last few weeks (or at least I think I have). Trying to kick out some long-term symptoms in my body. It has occasionally been agonizing, but not so bad on the whole.
- I really need to go to a naturopath. Waiting on a referral.
- We got entirely too little sleep this past week (toddler bed? molars? both?) and were basically subsisting. But I think I got six or seven straight hours last night. I feel like a new woman.
- We have a new (to us) car! And, at the moment, it makes life MUCH simpler having two vehicles. Great story about how this came about- for another time.
Alright, that’s all I can think of now. Oh! As for sabbath keeping? Um. It is kind of working. Sort of.
Must get to work. (Sabbath isn’t Sunday this semester.)