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Thanks, Pam. Beautiful reflections, and true. Ministry is, much of the time, invisible labor. It has to be because it is tender, and often confidential. But even in theological education, such is true. I'm constantly asked for a list of "what I've done" for our glossy magazine at Luther, and I think about the invisible side of my work which actually matters most to me--helping anxious students negotiate a first time presiding at communion, walk through the trials of candidacy in the ELCA, or quiet conversations and prayer as we move through a time of crisis (this week!). And that's not even taking account of the things at home, taking the dog for a walk or making sure the kids have a yummy lunch with them as they head out the door. Those 'little goods' are, as you say, what holds the world together. That's what I wish I could say when they ask me "what I've done."
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Hi, Jonny. I'm listening to the new album from Wye Oak, an atmospheric indie rock duo from Baltimore. It is called Civilian. So far I love it and can imagine it in various worship contexts. I'm also a big fan of David Bazan, and have been listening to his new Strange Negotiations album just about non-stop since it came out a month ago. I saw him in concert with Tim Snyder and it was great. Also, if you haven't found her yet, I listen to Esperanza Spaulding just about every day. Jazz with shades of reggae and hip-hop underneath. Peace, Chris
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2011 on culture of fear at jonnybaker
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Jun 28, 2011