Tuesday, 29 July 2008

... in which the wicked Caliban thanks and is thanked.

I entered the blogosphere after lurking with longing at MadPriest’s incomparable Of Course I Could Be Wrong. Here were people from around the world, it seemed to me, who’d also been chewed up and spat out of the Church to which they’d come seeking solace – and yet who were not only still laughing, but still seeking to engage with the God who refused to discard them.

From there I first drifted - no; actually I clicked with an excitement I hadn’t felt towards matters theological for a decade - to two places: Doorman-Priest’s Doorman’s Journal, which reminded me of a world I’d also once known so long ago - one which was integral to my Vocation; and Wormwood’s Doxy whose irrepressible passion gave me the courage to start speaking out in a way I’d long not dared to contemplate – something I’ve never told her, and for which I really should have thanked her before now.

What’s happened in the past year since then still leaves me stunned: like the children discovering a doorway into Narnia, I’ve discovered a world where people really are - albeit in our own crazy ways – fighting for a world in which Churches are more Christlike, where ridiculing sacred cows and the pompous clerics who ride them is considered an art, and fear of those who’ve made an idol out of what a former lecturer at Moore College once described as “Mono-Method-Mania” (he left before he was sacked;-) is non-existent.

I’ve also been asked to guest-blog at one of those sites – look for me at The World of Doorman-Priest after August 2, and recieved the Arte y pico award from Doxy: two honours which mean more than I can possibly describe without sounding really soppy – and Aussie blokes who’ve spent as much time in the ocean as me don’t like admitting we can get soppy ;-)

The rules of the Arte y pico award are:
1) Pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte Y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award which is here: Arte Y Pico.
Except as I’ve said here before, I don’t always do rules so well, and once again I’m going to break them as soon as they're posted. Or sort of break them: rather than list all five blogs in one post, I’ll break them up over a few posts to keep each blog distinct.

The first one I should have linked to months ago, and have really felt guilty about not having done so, since Christopher Orczy's … ascending and descending… is a place that’s become an integral part of my spiritual nourishment. Written by another rebel here in Sydney, blogs like this not only help remind me God’s Spirit still flourishes here regardless of whatever nonsense comes out of those who think they hold power, but also (and much more importantly) that following Christ in the face of our current storm runs a lot deeper than just raging back at the winds – it’s important to take time out to listen to the One whose concerns are far, far greater than our bickering.

Even more amazingly, Christopher is the only other person I’ve ever encountered who counts Bo Hansson as one of their influences. Which shows he’s not just someone with a theological insight well worth listening to, but also a man of impeccable musical taste and depth.

Thanks and God Bless the lot of you!


MadPriest said...

I had the enormous honour of meeting Doorman Priest on Sunday when he visited my humble place of employment. He is a fine human being.

Wormwood's Doxy said...

I am deeply touched by this, Alcibiades---as I am by your story and your witness.

If my little backwater blog encouraged you to start your own, I count that as high praise indeed.

ridiculing sacred cows and the pompous clerics who ride them

That is a GREAT line!

Hope you are feeling better. In reference to your last post, I too am grateful for modern medicine. Take care of yourself...


MadPriest said...

How come Doxy is all nicey nicey to you but not me? I'm just a punch bag for the disgruntled. It's my own fault - I'm too soft with them. I should be more like Father Christian at GAFCON. He knows how to keep wimmin in their god-appointed place.

Wormwood's Doxy said...

Because, you old windbag---you said nice things about Doorman-Priest and went on vacation when *I* came to England. Hmmph.

Alcibiades said...

I suspect, MP, that Father Christian has something of a split personality, and that the woman in his life would claim that she's actualy the one running the show.

Lapinbizarre said...

It's the Golden Rule in practice, MP.

susan s. said...

Congratulations on your award!

Robert said...

Congratulations on the award. I can look forward to reading you in two places for a while now. Double the fun!