Welcome. I am a native Southwestern Virginian, a priest ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and the Associate Minister of St Andrew’s Memorial Church, Jerusalem and St Andrew’s Church of Scotland, Tiberias. And if that weren’t random enough, here are 25 other random (though not necessarily interesting) facts about me:
I panic if I don’t have books nearby.
I started, but did not finish, a PhD on the devil in Scottish folktales.
I love bluegrass and proper country music.
I’m learning to play the banjo.
Before moving to Israel, I was adored by a retired greyhound named Judy, who now happily adores others in the north of Scotland. I still miss her something fierce.
I often don’t know what I think about something until I write about it.
It took me a long time to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up.
But the minute I was ordained a priest, I knew that was it.
I love the Church in all her many forms.
But she still drives me crazy sometimes.
And I will always love God more.
I served my curacy in Old Saint Paul’s Scottish Episcopal Church in Edinburgh.
And so I am and always will be Anglo Catholic.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t worship without candles, incense and bells.
It does mean that I view access to gin as a fundamental human right.
I had little interest in going to Israel and Palestine until a friend invited me to visit when she was working in Jerusalem.
I never dreamt I’d work there myself.
But each time I visit, I feel like I’m leaving little pieces of my heart behind.
I’m a One on the Enneagram.
And a very strong Myers-Briggs I. I used to also be a strong J, but living in the Middle East has changed that.
I am owned by a cat named Coleridge.
It is best not to talk to me until I have had my first cup of coffee in the morning.
I chose the title of this blog after being priested, referring to the ontological change that is meant to happen during the moment of ordination.
But I think a more appropriate blog title would be Revising Ontology; I’m pretty sure God isn’t done yet.
That thought both terrifies and excites me.