So, if my socio-political, current-affairs sermons are “courageous,” would that make this a “cowardly” sermon? Not sure, but this sermon on Luke 18:9-14 does strike me as being one of my less controversial.
Also, Yarra Valley Presbytery decided on Thursday night that I will be ready for ordination in April 2008, when I’ve completed my first year here in the Macedon Ranges. I’m pretty happy about that.
Have I mentioned how much I love this job? Last Sunday I did my first baptism, of a lovely little girl called Billie. It was a 31 degree day, so Billie was happy to have water poured over her head, and the whole service was beautiful. I guess a baptism is like a wedding, hard to get wrong because it is such an intrinsically joyous occasion. And, according to various members of Billie’s family, I have a natural rapport with children. Who’d have thought it?
I really love this job!
Yup, knew it, knew it, knew it! But it has now been confirmed.
Extract from an article from The Associated Press:
After reading briefly from the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, [J. K. Rowling] took questions from audience members. She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds “true love.” “Dumbledore is gay,” the author responded to gasps and applause. She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. “Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” Rowling said of Dumbledore’s feelings, adding that Dumbledore was “horribly, terribly let down.” Dumbledore’s love, she observed, was his “great tragedy.”
Well, that’s just made my day.
I just got an email from one of my fellow Bossey-ites, responding to my query about how the Africans were being affected by the floods. It was lovely to hear from her, but I had to laugh at the ending of her message:”Cheer up and pressure the North in every way possible to honor the world and cut down on their industrial activities.”
Yep, trying my best. (By North, Naomi means ‘industrial North’ of which Australia is a part, even though we are geographically South. Some discussion about that in Ecumenical Social Ethics class.)
And then: “Take care of yourself and get married. Your Sister from Nigeria/Africa, Naomi.”
Nope, not going to get married. I know that I’m 34 and single, but as I kept trying to explain in Bossey, in my culture that’s okay. I’m not seen as a failure (at least, no one’s suggested it to my face) and I’m not going to starve in my old age (I hope) just because I won’t have children. Whole different culture. At least, I hope it is.