Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday Five: On the Road Again

On RevGalBlogPals, Sophia asks:

1. When was your last, or will be your next, out of town travel?
  It will probably be to Minneapolis for the PCUSA’s General Assembly in early July, but we’ll be flying, not driving.

2. Long car trips: love or loathe?
         Love seeing the places, but hate being in the car while we’re getting there.

3. Do you prefer to be driver or passenger?
          If the other person is a good driver, I prefer being the passenger.  If the other person’s driving makes me nervous (and many drivers do) then I prefer driving myself.

4. If passenger, would you rather pass the time with handwork, conversing, reading, listening to music, or ???
         I prefer a combination of knitting and talking—makes me feel like I’m getting something done and takes my mind off the actual driving.

5. Are you going, or have you ever gone, on a RevGals BE? Happiest memories of the former, and/or most anticipated pleasures of the latter?

6. Bonus: a favorite piece of road trip music.
            For road trips I usually opt, not mainly for music, but for audiobooks.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday, Friday Five

On RevGalBlogPals, Sally asks:

1. Of all the gospel accounts of the crucifixion, which one stands out for you, and why?

Over the years this has changed.  In my teen years—perhaps because of Jesus Christ Superstar—it was John, with all its wondrous symbolism.  In seminary it was Matthew, especially for its Gethsemane scene and its Peter.  When I was first in a pastorate it was Luke that I loved to use in all seasons, because of its focus on social justice and the poor.  Now I’m happy to have all four gospels and to focus on different things each year.

2.Do you identify with any people in this account, how does that challenge you?

In many ways, I probably identify with Peter and with Judas. Living caught between God’s reign and the reign of the empire, it’s so easy to deny Jesus’ way or even betray it.

3. Hymns or silence?

Though this year the Good Friday service will be built around “irreverent” country and blue grass music and I’m excited about its possibilities, silence is usually my preference.

4. Post a poem or a quote that sums up Good Friday for you?

I immediately think of Denise Levertov’s stuff like  “A Calvary Path” and “Tenebrae”, but Levertov’s poetry moves me in so many liturgical seasons that I’ve got to choose Robinson Jeffer’s  very dark poem-play “Dear Judas” as a Holy Week piece.  The whole piece is a Good Friday piece, but here are two excerpts:

“The Woman:                                               Oh happy
                  friend: for he must love you if you love him so well:
                  And maybe you’ve even touched him from day to day,
                  serving his food or the like: what does he ai at,
                  Do you think? What can he reach and have rest?
Judas:                                                      Mother:
                  Those that ascend the mountain toward God have none.
                  And whoever dares in the endless cross-waves of time pilot
                  The people,
                  Until misfortune wrecks him has none.”

Jesus: “Listen to me now, Judas, and remember.
         Because I know your scrupulous heart, and I don’t wish
         You to die despairing.  There is not one creature,
         Neither yourself nor anyone, nor a fly nor flung stone, but
         Does exactly and fatally the thing
         That it needs must; neither less nor more.  This is the roots
         Of forgiveness.”

5.Is there a tradition you could not be without, a tradition that makes Good Friday, Good Friday?