Go here to read about the first anniversary of the RevGalBlogPals.
1) What is your first memory of the RevGalBlogPals?
Sometime last summer, several people began to make references to “revgals” and “revpals” in their blog posts, probably including St. Casserole and myself. I remember feeling great delight when she suggested last July 19 that we really needed a t-shirt. And thus the RevGalBlogPals were born! Go here to read the ensuing discussion.
2) Have you met any of the other ring members in real life?
Yes, I am the Queen of Blogger Meet-ups, and I have enjoyed meeting reverendmother, peripatetic polar bear, and at the Festival of Homiletics: cheesehead, Rev. Stacey, reverend mommy, RevAbi, Chaplain Lydia, NotShyChiRev and Chickpastor.
In December and January, I spent ten days with St. Casserole, providing pastoral relief to one of her ecumenical colleagues whose home was flooded by Hurricane Katrina. I can hardly describe how meaningful that opportunity was or how wonderful knowing her has been. Love you!
3) Of those you haven’t met, name a few you would love to know in person.
Well, that would be a long list, but I can tell you that very soon I will be with will smama and meet frequent RevGal commenter apstraight, and in a few more weeks my family will be across the pond with Kathryn’s family!!! (And if we can ever finalize our itinerary, I would love to meet Sally while I am there, too.)
4) What has Ring Membership added to your life?
The ring has codified something that was already happening for me, the development of a community in which I felt I was understood. It has been comforting and empowering to know other clergy mothers across denominational lines, women willing to admit that parenting and pastoring can be a challenging combination. I have good relationships with local colleagues, but they are men or childless or have grown children. Blogging connections filled in a place where I needed to know others had the same struggles.
But that’s not all. These connections grew beyond clergy moms and into mind-expanding friendships with people I would not have “met” in any other way. I am grateful!
5) Describe a hope for the future of the WebRing.
It’s my hope that after receiving 501(c)3 status we will apply for grant money that will allow RGBPs from all over the place to hold a gathering, with enough money to pay for travel and lodging for all who need financial aid to get there. I envision four or five days of fellowship and worship and perhaps a good talk or workshop or two about writing as a spiritual discipline and blogging as a sermon tool or whatever feels fresh and needful when that moment comes.
Happy Anniversary, RevGalBlogPals!