lady_kishiria: (Virgin of Ocotlan)
I'm about halfway through Nadia Bolz-Weber's book Pastrix and I can't stop reading. She's a 44 year old Lutheran pastor, married to another Lutheran pastor, with two kids. She is also foul-mouthed, a punk, a recovering alcoholic, and heavily tattooed. She's far from self-congratulatory about her church, The House For All Sinners and Saints and talks about humiliating failures. I reeeeeally want to talk about this book with people, so if you are interested, check it out.

Oh, I should also say that she is ELCA, the most liberal branch of the Lutheran family tree. Her church is a welcoming community, although when she converted to Lutheranism, ELCA had still not given the green light to queer pastors. The minister who converted her, or as she put it, the vampire who brought her over, is a gay man in a very longtime relationship who was sticking to the church despite its disapproval. His side won. This aspect of the ELCA Lutheran churches will no doubt interest many of you.

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Jul. 11th, 2010 09:04 am
lady_kishiria: (Pope Happycat)
The Vatican puts ordaining a woman and being a pedophile in the same sin box:

http://www.americamagazine.org/blog/entry.cfm?blog_id=2&entry_id=3100

The comments are great; reminds me of lots of people I know.

I don't know if I can do this anymore. I'm glad I submit myself to the teaching authority of Pope Happycat because he is full of win and awesome.
lady_kishiria: (Pope Happycat)
I've been reading a lot about St Francis of Assisi lately. I've taken to wearing the Tau cross to remind myself all the time of how the Seraphic Father would react to those around him.

I'm reading a book of his writings. Some of his words that struck me:

"I should like you to prove that you love God and me, his servant and yours, in the following way. there should be no friar in the whole world who has fallen into sin, no matter how far he has fallen, who will ever fail to find your forgiveness for the asking, if he will only look into your eyes."

His blessing to Brother Leo is world famous:

"God bless you and keep you.
May God smile on you and be merciful to you.
May God turn His regard towards you and give you peace."

And of course the Canticle of the Sun:

"Most high, all powerful, all good Lord! All praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing. To you, alone, Most High, do they belong. No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him. And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor! Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars; in the heavens you have made them, precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air, and clouds and storms, and all the weather, through which you give your creatures sustenance.

Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you brighten the night. He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us and rules us, and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of you; through those who endure sickness and trial. Happy those who endure in peace, for by you, Most High, they will be crowned.

Be praised, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death, from whose embrace no living person can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Happy those she finds doing your most holy will. The second death can do no harm to them.

Praise and bless my Lord, and give thanks, and serve him with great humility."

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