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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Why do you read this blog?

Every once in awhile, I check the logs for this blog and am fasinated by the ways that people visit the site as well as their locations. This got me to wonderin' - why do you read this blog?

I've put together a little poll for you to take. It certainly isn't anything that Gallup would produce, but I'm hoping perhaps you might take the time to click away and let me know why you visit the blog.

Why do you read this blog?
The Greenpoint Church is exciting and entertaining.

Theological reflection on ministry is fasinating.

I want to see if there's anything heretical going on.

An out gay minister? That's great. I can't wait to hear what she's going to say.

Ann doesn't abuse the semicolon; I like that.

Free polls from Pollhost.com


At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

raised reformed
considerably older than you
not yet "out"
not YET a minister
i fanticize about being both someday
would really like to be ...
i live vicariously thru your website :-)
i admire your strenth & courage

At 9:28 PM, Blogger Ann said...

Aahh, shucks anon. Thanks for the kind words. I wouldn't have thought of myself as having "strength and courage." Some days it feels more like foolishness, but deep down, I know that it is none of those things, but rather the calling of the Holy Spirit.

When I was 22 and feeling called to be a minister, but finding any and all reasons not to be, I remember the profound experience of wrestling with God. I would say, "but I can't be a minister, I'm gay." And then I would feel God calling me still. I couldn't quite understand how it would work out, but it did. If God calls you, God will make a way for you. Have faith and take it one day at a time.

In the meantime, if you want to talk about calling and ministry, feel free to write to me or give me a call. You can find the info on the church website: www.greenpointchurch.org.

In Him,

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Abby said...

I read your website because it helps me to keep track of you.

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Jarred said...

I read your blog because you write an interesting, informative, and insightful blog. Your writings reflect well on your character, in my book.

At 5:48 PM, Blogger RogueMonk said...

Well, I do thing that Greenpoint Church is exciting and interesting, as are all churches in their own way.
I also thing theological reflection on ministry is fascinating, although I would prefer the word compelling.
I can't say that I want to see if there is anything heretical going on, but there is an element of "wanting to keep up with what is going on". Just as there is an element of wanting to see what an out gay minister is going to say.
About the semicolon, I could take it or leave it.

So...my vote...theological reflection on ministry (although being pinned down to just that reason is kind of reductionistic and not overly integrative).

Blessings, RogueMonk

At 11:26 PM, Blogger Ann said...

Wow. Thanks for all of your comments! This survey has actually be quite informative, although not quite scientific. I really appreciate you all taking the time to comment on it. I'm wondering if you all have ideas of subjects you'd want to read about? I'm more than happy to entertain suggestions (although I doubt that you'd be interested in an essay on the perils of semicolon abuse). The real threat to American society is the horrible decline in our overall understanding of semicolon usage.

At 2:32 AM, Blogger see-through faith said...

I didn't vote but I come here because you are on the REv Gals ring - I've been interested by your we mourn the loss column. We hear little of the deaths over in europe you see, and I'm not a big news watcher or anything. It's like a weekly reminder that the waste continues and my prayer is - oh God when will this end?When will we learn to love again :(

The fact that you are gay, or a gay pastor isn't fascinating. I see you as a child of God - doing what she is called to do. If that makes sense?

I would be interested in hearing more about how you knew you were called to be a pastor. What the process was. How it was confirmed. How people helped (or hindered) you and how you discerned it all.

I really struggle you see :(


At 2:17 PM, Blogger Bad Alice said...

I admire people with a wholesome respect for the semicolon.

But really, I just like to learn about other people's lives. Heretics are interesting, too, but I don't think I've found anything heretical here.:)


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