I’m going to ramble a bit…
One of the things I enjoy most is musing over what is coming. I’ve always been a Sci Fi fan, even the cheesy stuff, but particularly smart science fiction that presents futures that challenge our notion of the present – utopian, dystopian, creative and unique.
One of the problems of being future oriented is that the present can sometimes be overlooked – or rather simply not lived into fully. “Be here, now,” is a mantra I need to repeat often. Even so, I have come to truly love the past. History of all sorts, but particularly the history of the people who call themselves Christian. I am intrigued and drawn to the ancient and enduring Traditions of the Christian experience, particularly in its Anglican form. Christianity among the British Isles is fascinating to me. I have more to learn than I could even begin to tackle, but there you go.
That which endures through time and trial suggests something having gravity, something that is significant, and that can be a very good source for understanding the present and under-girding forward movement into the future.
So, I am an Anglican priest in the Episcopal Church USA. I currently service in New York City, focused more specifically in Brooklyn and Queens (where all the cool kids are playing these days). I’m not sure where I fit in the Episcopal Church because the various current-day “factions” really don’t appeal to me. Yet, I am working to be faithful to the call of God.
How’s that? A lot more could be written, but this is it for now.
A couple of my favorite quotes:
“Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds — justification, confirmation, forms of consolation without which they can’t go on. To really ask is to open the door to a whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.”
– Anne Rice
“Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience …. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level with those who have not yet reached the age of reason … You start being ‘kind’ to people before you have considered their rights, and then force upon them supposed kindnesses which they in fact had a right to refuse, and finally kindnesses which no one but you will recognize as kindnesses and which the recipient will feel as abominable cruelties.”
– C.S. Lewis