Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Prayer Book is a Girl's Best Friend

The Rev'd Suzanne Guthrie, who often does workshops on monastic and mystical spirituality at Holy Cross, has this hilarious video on her blog. Suzanne is "good people"--I've known her for about six or seven years now through Holy Cross. These days she lives on "the edge of enclosure" with her husband as a resident companion of the Community of the Holy Spirit in NY. "The sisters at Bluestone Farm and Learning Center strive to live a life reflecting sustainable living, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment. Daily life involves organic farming, (maple sugaring, planting, tending, gathering and preserving food, raising chickens, ducks, and bees), as well as fellowship, "Eucharistic Living", service to others, and individual artistic pursuits. We chant the traditional monastic offices (Lauds, Noonday Prayers, Vespers, Compline), using inclusive language and an acknowledgment of how the “new cosmology” affects and informs our faith." Doesn't that sound like someone you'd like to hang out with?!

Go Suzanne!



Daniel Graves said...

This is fantastic... see my facebook comments.

Felicity Pickup said...

Yup! That (she) says it for me!

And I'll revisit this for a refreshing laugh next time one of the conservatives or liberals in our parish feels it necessary to inform me that (1) he or she has left, or is about to leave, the parish, because (2)he or she can't abide the liberal or conservative remarks of some other parishioner or some seemingly liberal or conservative decision of the rector.

Why does she or he always find it necessary to explain this to a third party? Perhaps they sense that I'm not taking the crisis seriously enough?

Yes, thank you Suzanne!

Felicity Pickup said...

Oops! I've just thought of the better answer to my last question. They're in pain and looking for a loving response.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tay,
I've recently discovered your blog from the episcopal cafe. Love it. I've read it from start to finish and it's been really good for me. Keep up the great work.

Tay Moss said...

Jamie, thanks for your comments. I sympathize, obviously, with your challenge to find a post-Christendom Christianity. If you find the answer, do let me know!