Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Gotta question? Wanna answer?
Gather round, boys and girls. There's something new coming to this part of the neighborhood. And, just in time for Lent!
I've been deeply honored by some of your questions to me, written offline, some seeking advice or guidance, others seeking an opinion.
I have often felt daunted by providing an answer. Sometimes, I've discussed the situation with colleagues - lay and ordained - seeking their wisdom. Other times, the answer are more obvious than the Iberian nose in the middle of my face.
Inspired by that, I thought it might be fun to have a "First Friday" feature to this blog. Here's how it will work: On the last Friday of the month, I will place a call for questions - something you always wanted to ask, but were afraid to for any variety of reasons.
You can email them to me by either leaving them here in the comments section or emailing them to me privately.
I will honor anonymity.
You will have until Sunday evening to email me your questions.
I have asked a group of nine ordained and lay leaders in this diocese to be part of the group that responds to your 'First Friday' questions. I will choose one or two questions and email them, anonymously, to the "First Friday Group" on Sunday evening and they will consider them until Thursday morning and mail me their individual answers.
On the morning of the first Friday of the month, I will post the question or questions and their individual answers.
I think this could be a great deal of fun as well as informative and instructive. I got the idea from "RevGalBlogPals" which has a weekly feature "Ask the Matriarchs." It's for "women pursuing or discerning a Christian vocation - and their friends".
I think there's a real need for "mentoring" lay and ordained leaders of both genders. I think there are many situations which arise in congregational life - tensions about authority and theological differences that can range from the ridiculous to the sublime. We need a place where these issues can be discussed.
I am very proud of the people in my diocese who have agreed to be part of the First Friday Group. Not all nine will answer every time, but I think the variety of their answers will provide a great resource for us all.
Of course, you will also be invited to add your responses in the comment section.
Sounds like fun, no?
Sooooo . . . . please send me your questions by no later than Sunday, February 1st (I''ll remind you again on Friday, January 30). You may leave them here in the comment section or write to me privately. I will choose one or two of the questions and mail them to the "First Friday" Group.
On Friday morning, February 5th, I will post the question(s) and their answers and you can also have at it in the comment section.
I look forward to hearing your reactions to this idea.