My friend Monica says at RevGals:
As a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, one of the vows I took at my ordination read, in part, “Will you be a friend among your colleagues in ministry?” I’ve been reflecting on that lately and thinking about my friendships with colleagues. And I’ve been reflecting on our ministry here at RevGalBlogPals and how much friendship and support it has brought to my life.
I invite you to reflect on your own friendships with colleagues (if you’re a Rev) or fellow church members (if you’re a Pal) using these questions. You can play at your blog (be sure to post a link–it doesn’t have to be fancy–just copy and paste) or in the comments here.
- Who is your longest-term church-related friend? Besides members of my own family, it must be Sally Williams. She and her kids were part of the church I grew up in Houston. Sally was the first female usher there at about the same time that my mom was the first female layreader. Her daughter Laura (who is an equally longtime church friend) was the first female acolyte, paving the way for me to be one a few years later. Sally later became a member of my home church (by which I mean the first church I chose and attended as an adult) so we have many more friends in common. Now she lives in another city and belongs to the church that was my husband's church home in a previous life. (It's a small, small Episcopal world.) Through the gift of Facebook I get to stay in touch with these two great women.
- Who is a friend that inspires you to be a more faithful Christian? How do they do that? Amy Haynie does that by following the call God has marked on her life...no matter what...and having a great sense of humor all the while.
- Who is a friend with whom you have significant disagreements? Hm. My spouse and I disagree quite markedly, politically. We are still friends.
- Who is someone with whom you would like to be better friends? There are several folks at my church (where I am fairly new) I'd like to know better. I live about 45 minutes away so I am not often there for non-Sunday service work and events. I hope to step that up a little in the months to come.
- Who is your newest church-related friend, and what hopes do you have for this friendship? In particular there's a new friend that I've become better friends with via Facebook. It's one of those CS Lewis "you, too!?" things. Courtney Mullaney, we need to go out for that drink.