Happy Birthday to my blog, Happy Birthday to my blog
Wow - what a year. A year ago, I launched my blog. I wanted to follow the York June Synod decision on Women Bishops and then its discussion at Lambeth in the July. I wanted to test out my calling and my feelings about women in ministry on a wider body of people. I wanted to develop a prayerful and reflective space, where I could think through my faith and grow. I hoped to learn, refine, reflect and challenge. I aimed to be transparent and communicate an awareness that some of the ideas I posture will change over time. I wanted to understand what Anglicanism is really all about. I am a cradle Anglican. Am I also a passionate Anglican because I believe in my tradition? Do I understand Anglicanism and how it communicates discipleship in a way that is distinctive to that of other denominations? I still have much to learn but I hope I have learned something.
Blogging has become a very important part of my life and faith journey. As I sing Happy Birthday to my blog, I want to thank particularly some of you people out there for what I hold dear about you and for what you have contributed to my life (in no particular order):
John Richardson - thank you for your challenges, your orthodoxy, your intellect
Peter Carrell - Thank you for your way with words, your prayerful consideration of issues, your wisdom
Canon Christopher Hall - thank you for your support, your encouragement and your tireless campaigning for women in ministry
Jody Radical Evangelical - thank you for your courage, your transparency, your passion
Cheryl Schatz - thank you for your support, your wrestles with scripture, your attention to detail
Tim Goodbody - thank you for your honesty, your passion, your energy, your sense of humour
Dave Warnock - thank you for your encouragement, your contributions to this blog and your wisdom
David Ould - thank you for your transforming challenges and encouragement
...and also to mention Gill (Chipping away at Churchianity), David Rudel, Adrian Warnock, Peter Kirk and many more besides - thank you
...Here's to another year!
Ordained Anglican. Thinking out loud about church.