Sunday, March 01, 2009

Inquiring Gannets Want to Know

Gannet, who is always attuned to historical and liturgical context, is curious as to why her little Ash Wednesday survey reveals a predominantly Anglican/Episcopalian presence here. Gannet herself being apparently Celtic by name, Puritan by ancestry, Methodist by childhood, Catholic by friendship, and Presbyterian by confession, wonders if all of that equals the Middle Way?

Or is it just that the survey happened to be about ashes?

Maybe if she asked about election, all the Presbies would show up.

12 comments:

Joan Calvin said...

I read you on my google reader, so I didn't see your Ash Wednesday poll. So, you can add me, I'm presby and I got ashed.

I believe in elections. Democratic ones. IMHO Calvin's chief weakeness is that he was a lawyer. His desire for reaching the logical end overwhelmed his good sense (assuming he had any good sense).

Enjoying a snow day.

Gannet Girl said...

LOL from one lawyer to another!

Jennifer said...

Whoops--missed the survey/poll! I didn't get ashes--in fact never have, and I'm American Baptist. I do acknowledge Lent, though--just not typically with ashes.

Ruby said...

Hurrah for the Via Media!

Patty said...

Another feed reader Presby who didn't click through to take the poll. Just added myself.

Betsy said...

Episcopalians (like me) are delighted to let others know that we're still doing it just the way we always have? ;-)

Dunno, really...but I find plenty to ponder on your blog, so I keep coming back!

Althea N. Agape said...

I elect to be here...but not to take the poll...My Presbyterian Ash Wednesday service didn't ash. But the Presby service I went to last year did.

Sarah S-D said...

i was out of state, and had inconsistent internet access. but i got ashes. and i'm presby. and i worshipped at a presby church. my 12 week old got them too. it was pretty powerful. we were the last two up the center aisle. she was asleep on my shoulder and everyone gasped when they saw her. it was rather breathtaking... ashes to ashes.

Quotidian Grace said...

So I'm the only Presbie who responded to the poll?

Sometimes I think the only way to get the attention of our fellow denominationalists is to talk about...you know...S.E.X.

Mrs. M said...

I don't know the answer, but i'm WRESTLING with it. I got ashed at a UCC, but then spent the rest of the evening thinging about how important thoughtful liturgy is to me (whether it's formal or informal). In my heart, I am deeply Anglican here. (Except for the part of me that worries that we're too controlling to give in to the Holy Spirit... sigh) Certainly a blog post is imminent.

Catherine + said...

Harumph...and here I thought "I" was the ecumenical poster child. Hats off to you Gannet...plucky little thing aren't you? Or is that feathery little thing...:-D

Stratoz said...

apparently us Episcopalians rule, so why is my church so empty?