Leaving the Church

Many of you may know this already, but I thought I’d share it with the readers of this blog. On Monday afternoon, August 28th, Terri Gross interviewed Barbara Brown Taylor on her program Fresh Air on NPR. Taylor is a former Episcopalian minister, and I have read many of her books. In her new book, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith, she describes her decision to leave the parish ministry after almost 20 years as a minister in a local church. I plan to read this as soon as I can afford to get a copy of it.

The interview covers topics ranging from the reasons she left parish ministry to the current issues facing the Episcopal church, in which she is ordained. I found both the questions Gross asked and the answers Taylor gave both illuminating and thought provoking. Taylor is a gifted preacher, and in fact she was named one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world by Baylor University. She now teaches religion at Piedmont College in Georgia and is an editor-at-large and columnist for The Christian Century.

If you would like to hear this interview, Just click here.


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The Girl in the Cafe: The Little Movie that Could and Did

I did not watch all of the Emmy Awards last night, although I was lucky enough, between my channel and web surfing, to see three awards given out to a small film that certainly deserved to be recognized. I have reviewed The Girl in the Cafe previously, and hopefully now that it has received such honor, HBO will place it on their schedule more often. Just in case you missed it, the awards Girl received were:

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE………. Kelly MacDonald, The Girl In The Cafe, BEST MADE FOR TV MOVIE, and BEST WRITING

Farewell Old Friend

Planet Pluto is no more – let us shed a tear for its demise. Here is the full story, though relevant quotes follow:

Astronomers meeting in the Czech capital have voted to strip Pluto of its status as a planet. About 2,500 experts were in Prague for the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) general assembly. The scientists rejected a proposal that would have retained Pluto as a planet and brought three other objects into the cosmic club.

Pluto will now join a new class of “dwarf planets,. along with UB313 (informally named Xena, though it is unlikely to keep this title when it is formally named by the IAU) and the former asteroid Ceres.

On a personal note, I have not felt as betrayed as this since the powers that be decided there was no such thing as a dinosaur called the Brontosaurus.

For a funny photo contest about Pluto’s demise, go here.

Thanks to Alastair for the heads up.