Do Ask, Do Tell, part 2

Questions from Peripatetic Polar Bear
1) If you had to rename your children, now that you know their personalities, what names would you give them? (Of course, since we don’t know their real names, you could cheat and we’d never know)

Actually, I think their names turned out to suit them pretty well.
Edward is quite, well, Edwardian. He’s scholarly and comes off as a bit of a Tory, although he’s actually quite liberal in his politics and theology. Appearances *can* be deceiving. The only other name we considered seriously was Alexander, and while that might have suited him, it’s a little more pretentious unless you use a nickname, which we didn’t want to do.
Peter is freckled and blue-eyed and funny and smart and talented at music and good with animals. I named him after the apostle Peter, but most people think his name came from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We almost called him Stewart (a family name), which would have been disastrous, I now realize. It might have worked to name him after my dad, who was William but called Bill or Billy. Peter could have been a Will.
Lucy is *really* named after the character in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. My other favorite girl’s name had just been given to my niece, Emily, although she is known by her different middle name. (Edward would have been Emily, had he been a girl.) Honestly, I can’t think of another name that would have suited her. She’s a light source, and Lucy means light.

2) You have 1 million to give to charity, but it can’t be split up. What one group gets your dollars?
Wow, that’s hard (not the giving away part, but the not splitting it up part). Right now it would be the Protestant Hospital Ministry, the group that provides a Protestant chaplain to the big hospital here in Portland. It’s mission statement suggested expanding the ministry to nursing homes and other facilities, but there has never been enough money to do that and in fact there has barely been enough to pay a chaplain full-time. It’s not a well-known ministry and isn’t always eligible for the kinds of grants a soup kitchen or food pantry can get.

3) You are allowed to invite one person to dinner with your family. This person may be either historical or fictional, but not someone that any of you have ever met before.
I have to say Jesus, not because I want to sound pious, but because I would love to talk to him, and I would love to have my husband (the non-believer) meet him.

And here are two more from St. Casserole:

1) If you could heal the world, where would you begin?
If we’re talking about something universal and magical, it would be to alleviate fear. I believe fear of “other,” in whatever form we imagine it takes, is at the root of most of our brokenness. I hope what I am already doing as a mother and as a pastor is a day-to-day help to that end, and that is to constantly remind others and myself that our similarities with others are greater than our differences, that we are all God’s children and not empowered to judge anyone else for being/acting/looking different than we are/do. So far, so good, with my own children, but it remains to be seen with my parishioners.

2) What kind of stationery do you like best?
Now you find me at my snobbish best or worst. I love nothing so much as a beautiful Crane stiff card with a monogram or name engraved upon it. I have such cards, but have never ever used them. I’m not sure what I thought they would be for! Oh, well. If I ever need to write serious thank you notes or answer a formal invitation, I’ll be all set.