1) I’m a first-year M.Div. student at LPTS, in the ordination track with the PC(USA) — that’s the Presbyterian Church, USA.
2) Today in chapel, I was reminded of the simple pleasures of honey, when I asked a friend to drizzle said substance on my communion bread. (My hands were full, as I was holding an apple and a banana as well as the bread — the Table at LPTS is filled to point of overflowing, amen?)
3) I am a coffee drinker. I try to be a consumer of locally sold, fairly-traded coffee when I can. But today, I made what might be a seasonal shift for me. Today, I am drinking tea. Carmel apple flavored tea with, you guessed it, honey, and a splash of milk.
So, now that we’ve been properly introduced — (I’m trusting our readers to leave comments introducing themselves!) — let’s talk a little bit about my presence on this blog. Allow me to share something else about me, this time, some insight into my sense of passion and purpose.
I am passionate about language. I remember reading one of Emily Dickinson’s poems in college; her words prompted a sort of mental “gasp” within me. I “got” what she was saying. It resonated with my own experience. And then I thought, “how remarkable, that a woman in a particular time and place in the past wrote these words, and I’m reading them now, and they’re becoming my words — they’re about my life too.” Since then, I’ve been fascinated by the way that human beings use language to create meaning and connections across these chasms of space and time. As an English major, I became very aware of the privilage and power that I have because I know how to use words. I can read, write and think about an endless number of things. I can participate in so many conversations in my culture, because I have access to the tools of meaning-making. I am a thinker, feeler, lover, friend, daughter, woman, human being. And because I am also a student, speaker, writer, poet, liturgist, I am in a position to share my experiences with the world. Or at least with particular parts of the world.
I continue to be in awe of the position in which I find myself. As I continue in seminary, and with this blog, I hope to be guided by the unending purpose and hope of working towards the realization of a world in which all people’s voices are heard and celebrated, as mine has been and continues to be.
May it be so.