Posts

Showing posts from July, 2018

Travel log. Perceiving depth lost, gained, held.

Something I miss, having left Edinburgh, and before that Adelaide, is the ease of conversation with friends with whom I have spent time, shared stories, developed understanding and relationship and trust. Conversations with people with whom I have done the work of negotiating boundaries and humour; with whom I have experienced the harshness of southern summers, the greyness of northern winters; with whom I am known; conversations with people I know. 
So, in the same way that walking the streets of Edinburgh was a relief as I slid into automatic, leant back into the familiar and let go of having to think so much about what I was doing, where I was going, and how, conversations these past weeks have flowed with an ease for which I am still reaching with the new friends I have made, am yet to meet, in Canberra. (And here I am leaving to one side the relationships within the congregations I serve in Canberra, for those are vastly different in nature, and follow completely different rules a…

Diary of a chronically exhausted vicar. Episode 10.

Image
In which I somewhat unexpectedly fall in a heap. Again.



Don’t worry, I think it is actually more an everyday tiredness, brought on by three weeks of travel and emotional upheaval of reconnections and goodbyes. But I went today from quite light and rejeuvenated from two days with another New College friend, to suddenly flat, tired, foggy headed.

These past two days, Jo and I essentially did ordinary everyday life for the length of my visit, as she went to work and I worked on story and writing projects during the days, and in the evenings, we had dinner, drinks, went to evening prayer at the cathedral, watched a movie, chatted with her house mates. The simple things really are the best things.

An early start today and another plane journey. It is another unfamiliar place I needed to negotiate, in order to find sources of food, for a start. So I went for a walk, found food (though I don’t know that I’d call it a successful expedition, as in the hotel room I’ve got a fridge for the milk …

Midweek Musing: Behind the story of king Nebuchadnezzar

Image
As we approach another annual Festival Gathering for the Network of Biblical Storytellers, here are some midweek musings in coming weeks that come from ANKOSFilms - Jason Chesnut's ministry of digital storytelling, today, you get Jason telling the story himself. Enjoy.





What do you hear in the story this time round? I appreciated the use of staccato for each time Jason says 'that he had made'. As Jason says, the positioning of the story to be told before a contemporary symbol of authority enhances the political challenge in the story. And I love Jason's choices regarding the king's inability to get the names right, or even bother - and the way that, as that changes, it reflects the internal change brought about through his encounter with these men and their God. 

Midweek Musing: behind the story of a healing by a pool

Image
As we approach another annual Festival Gathering for the Network of Biblical Storytellers, here are some midweek musings in coming weeks that come from ANKOSFilms - Jason Chesnut's ministry of digital storytelling, with guest storytellers from our network. Enjoy.



Did you hear something new in the story through this digital storytelling? I appreciated hearing Simone telling us about the way she learns a story, lying down to feel the man's perspective, bringing her own story into conversation with the biblical story ... 

Diary of a chronically exhausted vicar. Episode 9

Image
Travelling in the season of recovery from glandular fever, has its ups and downs.


I have found the joy of being back in Edinburgh gave me energy in the first days I was here.

I am finding the attention and presence I give to the many people I am with here spends the energy, and I am not surprised.

The joy of being in the company of friends with whom I lived one of the most intense seasons of my life is balanced with deep grief at the distance between us that will be restored again in a moment.

Last night at dinner, I felt tears fall once or twice, as I realised the goodbyes would follow our hellos so very soon.

To be around the table with these friends again made the past eight months seem like a dream, like the work of but a night only. Familiarity, community, deep relationships of mutual care. I am aware of what is only just beginning in my new town back in Australia.

A day in the sun, with much walking around the holy island of Lindisfarne, physically wore me out.

Days of such catc…

Midweek Musing: behind the story of Ezekiel in that valley

Image
As we approach another annual Festival Gathering for the Network of Biblical Storytellers, here are some midweek musings in coming weeks that come from ANKOSFilms - Jason Chesnut's ministry of digital storytelling, with guest storytellers from our network. Enjoy.





What struck you about the story, as told by Tracy? I love her use of 'ruach' and also the four 'ruhot' ; and her use of her own breathing. 

Diary of a chronically exhausted vicar. Episode 8

Image
In which I travel to the Northern Hemisphere.



All the things had me exhausted last week, so that Friday all I could do was rest, checking emails because I had handed over some projects to others in our church leadership teams to work on in my absence.

I was so tired, and nervous about how much more tired all the travel would make me, that I felt quite strongly that I did not want to go. Although I was venturing north in order to attend my graduation ceremony, in order to see friends, in order to participate in the gathering of biblical storytellers that so deeply nourishes me.

Steely, gritty, determination, or perhaps resignation, got me through the final preparations on Saturday morning, and to the airport and onto the plane. I slipped into the familiar ‘traveller zone’ that is a mark of my privileged experience of much international travel. At Hong Kong airport, I walked the length of one wing of gates, stretching my legs and back, and opening my lungs. At Zurich airport, I was so t…

Midweek Musing: behind the story of Cain and Abel

Image
As we approach another annual Festival Gathering for the Network of Biblical Storytellers, here are some midweek musings in coming weeks that come from ANKOSFilms - Jason Chesnut's ministry of digital storytelling, with guest storytellers from our network. Enjoy.



What did you appreciate about the story told this way - Casey's performance, Jason's editing? The cut back to the gesture for Cain killing Abel as Casey talks about it takes you back into the story. The angles, the use of cuts to emphasise; Casey's use of pause ... 

Diary of a chronically exhausted vicar. Episode 7

Image
So I’ve had the diagnosis: glandular fever and low iron.
I’ve had the iron infusion.
To be honest, nothing much has changed.



There have been some days this past week when I have felt a little more like myself; when I have had more energy, clearer thinking, less aches and pains.

And there have also been days when my glands are still screaming in discomfort and pain, when I’ve had to come home and have a nap after lunch, when my muscles have ached and my mind has refused to switch on.

I have prepared and presented a talk and a two-session workshop this week; drafted a job description for a position we will advertise soon; been present for people, sent off a book submission, written an abstract for a conference presentation, and prepared midweek musing blog posts for a month in advance. And I have napped several afternoons away, slumped in front of the tv most evenings, and slept in on more than one occasion.

Today, with the sun shining, I thought I would wash sheets and towels. I got a …