Friday Five: RevGalBlogPal Anniversary Edition

Champagne_glasses_confettiGo 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!

14 thoughts on “Friday Five: RevGalBlogPal Anniversary Edition”

  1. You are one of my people I want to meet!
    I had no idea that this was going to be the Friday Five meme! What a celebration!

  2. you’re top of my list too.
    and I’m ROFL laughing at Kathryn’s commetn that you ‘need to talk details SOON…’ queens of procrastination it will be an 11th hour get together of that I have no doubt — and I’m madly jealous, but also really happy for you both . Honest!
    I love your ideas for a worship, workshop get together … really really hope I can make it whenever it is.

  3. I just want to point out how MANY people want to meet Songbird! (after her pet-peeve post last week about number of comments)
    And why wouldn’t they? You rock!

  4. When I make a trip to the northeast using my three weeks vacation next year, I will most definitely want to meet you….and it is my hope I’ll be able to go to your church on Sunday and let you be my pastor for a day.

  5. Songbird – you were on my list of people I would love to meet for several reasons. I love your blog – inspiring, humorous and fun, all mixed into one! I share the common experience of adoption/reunion, as well. You seem like a wonderful person. Thanks for your role in the birth and development of the webring – Happy Anniversary!

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