Friday, July 21, 2006

A Festive Occasion RGBP Friday Five

Happy First Anniversary to my sisters and brothers at RevGalBlogPals! To help this special group of blogging friends celebrate this festive occasion, I'm playing the Friday Five:

1) What is your first memory of the RevGalBlogPals? I saw occasional references to RGBP by my friend Singing Owl on another list we're on together, and she kept mentioning her blog. I finally went and checked it out, and loved it. But since I'm no longer a pastor, I didn't even think about joining the ring until I happened to go to the RGBP blog itself and noticed that anyone serving or discerning a call to ministry is welcome. So a month and a half ago, I joined. Almost from day one, interesting people have visited, commented, and welcomed my comments on their blogs. I guess I'd have to say that my first memory as a member of RGBP is of a warm, smart, funny community.

2) Have you met any of the other ring members in real life? I haven't met any yet, unfortunately, though Singing Owl and I have spoken on the phone a few times.

3) Of those you haven't met, name a few you would love to know in person. Only a few? Shucks! But if I have to pick and choose, I'd love to meet Singing Owl, Catherine (Come to the Table), RevAbi, Proclaiming Softly, Songbird, and St. Casserole (and my Rosie and Jenny want to meet her Whistle and Fish the Kittens).

4) What has Ring Membership added to your life? Ring membership has expanded my circle of friends. I treasure the collective wisdom I read, and I've laughed a lot at the fun stuff. I've cried a few times. And the week leading up to this past Sunday, the lectionary leaners helped bolster my sermonizing confidence when I prepared to preach for the first time in over four years. Y'all don't know how huge that was to me...or maybe you do!

5) Describe a hope for the future of the WebRing. I was excited to read about plans to incorporate and possibly organize meetings. I hope that this webring will grow in its already significant role as a light shining through the darkness. Our very existence tells people that some "impossible" things are not only possible, but fact. God is doing great things through RGBP. "May our tribe increase!"


see-through faith said...

shucks I forgot the Sat parties ... they are GREAT!

P.S. (an after-thought) said...

I'm very honored to be included in people you want to meet, but I haven't joiced the RevGalPals. And I've only gone to the site a couple of times.

Maybe this is a sign.

Psalmist said...

Thanks, See-through. And P.S., I'm very sorry about the mistaken affiliation. Now I'm really curious about how you found my blog! But my "wanna meet" group still definitely includes you. And yes, maybe my mistake should "be a sign unto thee." (gentle grin)

Psalmist said...

See-through, I'd like to meet you, too. Preferably on your turf, at the height of summer, when it's "cool" at only 100 degrees here in Hell, North Campus (aka Texas). I could host all the RGBPs! (Now that's a scary thought, isn't it?)

P.S. (an after-thought) said...

I don't remember exactly. I've been following a lot of links, some even in directions I don't agree with. I think one had to do with a new Bible translation, which somehow lead to criticism of it and there were postings by Singing Owl. Maybe you are listed on her blog. But, I don't really know the secquence of the links I've been to.

Speaking of not agreeing...I do love to read a well written piece or editorial, even if I don't initially agree with the point of view. Perhaps I might actually change my thinking if something is well presented. But, it seems to me (am I the only one who thinks this way?) that writers of the right or conservative slant are often using bad logic and poor writing, ie name calling, generalization that don't apply, leaps of logic, etc.

I try to be somewhat openminded; it seems that isn't a treasured value of the right.

So then I wonder if people with poor logic and language skills are drawn to the right or if the authority/follower attitude values NOT thinking?

Which is not to say that I have superior gifts of logic or that there is such a thing as TRUE LOGIC outside of heaven. [There are several schemes of logic, I gather.]

Sorry I strayed a bit there, but the connection is that I was told about a blog of a certain woman who affiliates with Christianity that is constantly running down all sorts of churches, worship practices, vacation Bible School, and even some particular prominant preachers by name. The only reason I go to that blog is to see the other side of some issues and to get some good links.

Psalmist said...

Oh, OK. I think I know the "trail" now, P.S. I think Singing Owl linked to my blog in hers. Is she a gem, or what? Wonderful spirit in our sister there!

Psalmist said...

I've got a few of those diametrically opposite kinds of venues I read regularly. Not necessarily good for my blood pressure, but it gives me an idea what some of the more vocal "opposition" is saying about things I believe, and those who share those beliefs.

I've found it works much better for me to define myself by what I believe in, not what I oppose. Yet it's important to know why other people DO oppose my beliefs. (They're all totally wrong, of course. [grin])

Songbird said...

Psalmist, I like your new look, and I'm glad you found us!
P. Softly, come on over and join us!!

St. Casserole said...

Come see us and bring your cats.
---Whistle and Fish