This is a test. This is only a test.
UPDATE: Clearly the test was successful! Consider Grace Notes back up!
swag with a mission
I was musing today about a variety of things -- the Anglican Communion, ecumenism, interfaith possibilities -- and found myself thinking once more that the most promising route forward is often working together around a shared sense of mission. And I thought to myself, "I wish I could get a t-shirt with the Anglican Communion's Five Marks of Mission":
- To proclaim the Good News of God's reign
- To teach, baptize, and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
And so I designed one. There are a variety of men's and women's t-shirts, sweatshirts, and tote bags with this site's icon of the Trinity with Blues Brothers-style hats and sunglasses and "We're on a mission from God" on the front:
... and with the Five Marks of Mission on the back:
If you'd like clothing or a tote bag with this design, pop by the new SarahLaughed.net Café Press store. I have a number of other "I wish I had a t-shirt with this" ideas and don't want too bewildering an array of choices at the store, so I plan to rotate periodically which design is available. If you like this one, please do pounce on it! For each purchase, $2.00 goes to support SarahLaughed.net.
news and commentary page rebooted; submissions sought
I started Grace Notes because the lectionary blog, while definitely a product of my voice, is intentionally very limited in scope, and I wanted a place where I could more generally get to know people and be known in a more holistic sense.
Not long after that, I started a news digest page as a place where I could highlight important news and interesting commentary on Anglican news and church politics; since I thought I'd mostly be linking to others, I called the page "Dylan's digest." Then my work for The Witness magazine kicked in, and my Anglican news energies were nearly all directed there, so the digest languished.
I think the time has come to revive it, though, or something somewhat like it. I'm going to start posting commentary on Anglican developments -- my own writing certainly, and perhaps others' too. I've started that by posting commentary on an overlooked piece of the constitutional changes that the Diocese of San Joaquin just voted on and the most recent proposal from the Anglican Communion Institute (ACI), and I encourage you to read it here.
Since the page will be carrying much more than summaries or links to pieces published elsewhere, the name "Dylan's digest" doesn't quite fit, however. I've tentatively titled it Anglicana; if you've got a suggestion of a better name for it, though, please feel free to suggest it. Also, if you'd like to submit a piece of commentary or analysis on news of the Anglican Communion for potential publication there, please do email it to me -- preferably in Rich Text Format (RTF), but otherwise a Pages or Microsoft Word file will do.
And do visit Anglicana this week for the San Joaquin/ACI article; I hope you'll find it worth your while. Future entries in the genre of church news and commentary will be there, rather than on Grace Notes. See you there -- and I hope here too!
new page: Dylan's digest
This week's lectionary blog entry is below, but I wanted to shout out to y'all about a new page that's gone up on SarahLaughed.net: Dylan's digest. Why the digest? Because the time has come for me to admit yet another dimension on which I am a huge dork (albeit hopefully a lovable one):
I am an Anglican polity and politics wonk. I read every scrap of news I can on the subject, and I often find myself forwarding articles and URLs to friends, family, and co-workers -- good articles to get good journalistic work a little more of the attention it deserves, and flawed articles to clear up or offer comment on a point or two. And I thought: what the heck. Y'all are my friends, and co-workers, and brothers and sisters in Christ; why not share with y'all by blogging it?
So, if you're not the sort of person who reads everything that's out there, but you'd like to get the highlights of what's going on, or if you're curious about one biblioblogger's take on current Anglican events, pop by Dylan's digest (which now appears in the site navigation menu in the left-hand sidebar).
As always, thanks for reading, and commenting, and emailing. I'm energized by discussion in this little corner of cyberspace energizes me, and I hope you find it a blessing too.