Coming Soon, to a Church Near Me

I feel like nothing noteworthy has happened over the last two weeks though I know that is completely untrue. In reality, I’ve been working my butt off organizing things for church this fall, keeping up with school work (and trying to learn things at the same time), going to concerts, and working 20+hours a week.

It is the first thing, fall programing at church, that seems to suck up all available time. I have a few theories about why that is. First of all, we’ve decided to undertake a fairly ambitious project this fall and I have ended up unofficially spear-heading it. We will be hosting an interdenominational moderated panel discussion of Brian McLaren’s book, A New Kind of Christianity. I’ve been working with a bunch of others, with varying levels of motivation and productivity, to draw together a group of people from within Victoria to speak to one or more of the questions Brian raises in his book. Each evening will also have some small group discussion time and a space for questions and answers. It has the potential to generate a lot of good conversations, continuing on some of the ones began back in May with the conference we hosted.

The time consuming part has been the liaising with various people to get them to be involved and the endless number of committee meetings that seems to entail. As much as I try to empower people to take initiative and make decisions for themselves, there seems to be an ingrained culture at church (my current one anyway, I have not seen it at every church I have been a part of, thankfully) where we cannot breathe without having someone hold our hands. In the process of planning large events, that usually means fortnightly committee meetings so we can go around and around in circles discussing the same issue repeatedly because we are not sure we are allowed to act independently. It drives me mad.

But, the sessions are going to be really good. I am excited about some of the panelists we have lined up and the conversations that will ensue. There is more information on the Facebook page if you are in Victoria and want to check it out.

At Once

Ever noticed how everything always happens ALL AT ONCE? Just when you think you are doing well, something else happens to throw things for a loop and make you realize that perhaps you could fit just one more thing in.

Take right now, for example. I am working my usual 20+ hours per week and doing the school thing, the same schedule I have been on for nearly a year now. Except (as I am sure I have mentioned, because I like to mention it and make people feel sorry for me) right now I am doing double the school work. In other words, full time school times two. Yeah.

Add that to Victoria finally experiencing summer and I actually want to go outside and enjoy myself! What is that, you say, a life? No, I haven’t really got one, though I am trying. Plus, I started up hot yoga about five weeks ago and have been doing that 2-4 times per week. I don’t really know how I fit in hot yoga, as the classes are 90 minutes long, but apparently it has become important enough to me that I am willing to get up really early do take part. Like 5:30am early.

Then, if that wasn’t enough, something else came up out of the blue a couple of weeks ago. Right now, it does not require any time commitment, but it has been requiring a great deal of mental and emotional energy. I can’t really say any more than that right now, but rest assured if it comes to something, I will pass that along. Until then, I would appreciate your prayers for my discernment. Oh – and big hugs, free meals (I sometimes forget to eat), and sympathy for all the hard work I am doing…!