Sunday, January 13, 2013

Velveteen Rabbi Liebster Award Questions

Velveteen Rabbi posted a list of questions in connection with the Liebster Award, and while I'm obviously not anywhere near 200 readers yet, they sound fun.

1. What's your favorite book?
 Not counting the Bible, in terms of "what book do I take with me on road trips because I know I'm almost always willing to open it to a random page and read awhile", the answer is Dune, by Frank Herbert.  Though I can't stand the sequels.  I'm still finding new layers in it, having read it first over ten years ago.
2. With what fictional character do you most identify?
...right this second?  Because that answer changes regularly.  Lately I've been identifying a lot with the gifs on the "Everyday I'm Pastoring" Tumblr.  I suppose Nita Callahan, from the Young Wizards books?  There are so few female clergy, and they're never married, and clergy in general are usually incompetent or evil, and if not, they're old men.
3. If you could throw a dinner party and invite five people, real or fictional, from any moment in human history, who would you invite?
I've always wanted to see what Elizabeth Bennett, Anne Shirley, and Jane Eyre would make of each other.  For a bit of a modern addition I'd throw in Katharine and Audrey Hepburn, I think that'd be a fascinating dinner conversation.
4. What's your favorite place to pray / meditate / engage in spiritual practice?
Anywhere with stained glass windows.  I'm something of an iconoclast, but wow, I love stained glass windows- the really good ones from years ago, not the ones that got made a lot in the '90s and tend to look a bit like a child's tissue paper art project.  They add such warmth and reverence and charisma to a worship space.
5. What's something you're hoping for in 2013?
I hope to be ordained!  God bless!


  1. These are lovely answers -- and ooh, you make me want to read the Young Wizards books, which I missed somehow along the way, and it sounds like they are awesome.

    I wish you blessings on your journey to ordination!

    1. Thank you! To clarify, Nita Callahan is not actually clergy, though she sometimes gets stuck in situations you'd see clergy in. It is a wonderful series though, I only discovered it myself recently. Wish I'd known them growing up.