Chug chug chug

That's meant to be a train, not beer. I'm having the damnedest time FINDING beer, actually. If any of you have lived in PA, but do not hail from the commonwealth, you understand my frustration. The liquor laws here could drive a person to drink... assuming they actually managed to acquire the alcohol. Wine and liquor are only sold in state stores, between certain hours, and never on Sundays. Beer is sold either from beer distributors (and then only by the case), or from local bars (and then in 6-packs). I don't really NEED a case of Corona, but I feel very strange walking into a bar and coming out with a 6-pack.

Anyway, back to the train. We're chugging along, I find. My parish priest let me know Friday that my recommendation from vestry will go to the bishop this coming Tuesday. This means that, combined with a couple of other recommendations that have already been passed along, I should be invited to BCOM in September.

And what is this weekend called BCOM? Well, it's at least:
-A psychological evaluation
-A physical
-An interview on my spirituality
-An academic evaluation

Oddly, I'm really not worried. Either it's going to happen, or it's not, but if the church decides I'm not who they want in their pulpit, so be it. The only thing that has me slightly concerned is all the clergy who are so quick to say, "Now you really don't have anything to be nervous about at all, everyone's there to support you." Methinks the frocked doeth protest too much-- I wouldn't have even occurred to me to worry before the insisted I shouldn't.

Instead, I'll be finishing a lovely bottle of Bordeaux.


  1. Anonymous10:08 PM

    Good luck with that. I understand the difficulties going through the process. I found you through my friends blog. I was curious mainly because I myself am discerning my call to ministry. I decided to take a year off of school. I am having a dificult time expressing my desire to go into the ministry to my friends that's the big hang up. My family of course was ecstatic. I decided that I needed to take a break becuse if I am lettig their opinions affect this decision maybe I need to step back and look at the big picture. I will be reading you. You are in my prayers.

  2. Thanks-- I really appreciate the supportive words. If it's at all helpful, my friends were much less surprised than I expected, and much more supportive.


"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."
-Saint Molly Ivins