This week brought several opportunities for sharing and learning. On Wednesday, I got to present at UKZN Religion and Theology Department’s Theological Cafe on the subject of lament. The Theological Cafe offers an opportunity for students, faculty, and guests to present what they’re working on and receive questions and feedback from cafe participants. Lament is a subject I’m working on for an essay in our upcoming book, Saving Words.
I was grateful for the chance to share, discuss, and learn.
In the evening, Joe was part of the panel at the Lenten forum at our parish, Church of the Ascension in Hilton. The forum is focusing on questions of faith and gathered questions from parishioners on subjects people sometimes identify as big or stumbling blocks (like, Who is God? Is God in charge, and if so, why do bad things happen? Does God have a plan for my life, and if so, where does free will come in?).
On Thursday, we had the great privilege of leading a workshop for the recently ordained clergy and those preparing for ordination in the Diocese of Natal. I was so sorry not to get a picture of the group! We met at the Cathedral of the Nativity in Pietermaritzburg.
We used our book, Common Prayer, as a basis for the workshop, leading participants through a process for writing some theological memoir. The sharing was wonderful and it was great to see some people we had known as students at the College of Transfiguration last year and meet some new colleagues too. The experience made us feel very hopeful for the church as these colleagues continue in their service and ministry.