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.

I am adored by a retired greyhound named Judy.

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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 did my curacy in the same church in which I was married, 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 Justin and 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 & J.

I am owned by a cat named Coleridge.

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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.

3 thoughts on “More About Me

  1. Hi Kate, I wonder if I could reproduce your blog, Kaleidoscope in our Parish Magazine? It reminds me of the time I took a parish group to the Holy Land years ago, and our guide explained that at sometime on the trip, pilgrims always flip from being completely enchanted by all they experienced, to being completely horrified at what they saw going on.

    I was assistant organist at OSP in Richard Holloway’s time, and it has always had the most profound influence on me! Glad it still has the same pull!

    Best wishes,

    Revd. Tony Whatmough
    Team Rector, Headingley Team Ministry,
    Leeds.

    tony@whatmough.org.uk

    1. Hi Tony, you are most welcome to use my post. Thank you!

      I love being here in Tiberias, but miss OSP desperately at times. I have such respect for +Richard, and was so grateful for his support and encouragement during my curacy. The place and people are so special.

      Blessings on your ministry.
      Kate

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