RevGals Cultural Friday 5

I have spent the week at Summer School studying the Gospel and Western culture, we have looked at art, literature, music, film and popular culture in their myriad expressions. With that in mind I bring you the cultural Friday 5.

Name a

1. Book: “Broken We Kneel” by Diana Butler Bass

2. Piece of music: “I’m Not Ready to Make Nice” The Dixie Chicks

3. Work of art: All of the artwork I own was done by friends or local artists. Much of it photographs of trees, nature, hot air balloons. No specific reference to religion, faith, church…but for me, God is in them.

4. Film: Way too many, most of them implicit: The Freedom Writers, What Women Want, Crash – movies that show struggle and redemption, hope and transformation, what is possible even in our world today.

5. Unusual engagement with popular culture: Long before I became a priest I explored my faith through many new age practices – yoga, meditation, astrology, and massage therapy. I did it all as a person of faith – not the occult – but not really as a Christian either, yet with the belief that God was in it all. I believe that God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. It seemed possible to me that there could be an interconnection between them all. It seemed possible, for instance, that if we are made of water, if the gravitational pull of the moon affects us why not other heavenly bodies? I saw life as organic and relational on many levels and that we are called by God to be attentive to life on a deeper level than we normally do. In the end it was shaped and formed me and eventually brought me back to the church – I yearned for community and for something solid – the new age stuff was too flighty. Luckily I found someone who was not judgmental of my pursuits, saw them as a questioning mind, heart, and spirit, and led me to a church that could embrace me as I was and then shape and form those loose threads into a solid woven tapestry.


About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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13 Responses to RevGals Cultural Friday 5

  1. Mrs. M says:

    YES!!! to “Not Ready to Make Nice,” but also to “I Hope” from the same album.

  2. swandive says:

    I am still that person you talk about in #5.

  3. Barbara B. says:

    I’ll have to check out that book!

  4. mompriest says:

    mrs m – indeed.swandive – in many ways I am too, it is the me who shaped who I am now.barbara – it’s good. she reflects on patriotism and our response to 9-11 as a nation and as Christians.

  5. I do suspect we would have a lot in common as well.

  6. Songbird says:

    My journey has been influenced by #5 as well. Thanks for writing about it so expressively!

  7. Diane says:

    yes thanks for #5, and I’ve been thinking about reading Broken we Kneel, so thanks for the recommendation.take care

  8. "PS" says:

    #5 for me also. Tapestry’s have so much depth, texture, and color to them…just like what you wrote about.

  9. revhipchick says:

    i love and relate to your answer to #5. i still practice reiki and hope to work on level II after seminary.the chicks rock! that song makes me cry everytime.fab play!

  10. RevDrKate says:

    I love your answer to 5, it so parallels my past (and present journey) Dixie Chicks ROCK!!!!

  11. well… spiritual sustenence comes to us in a variety of ways… sorta like some weeks i’m living on cool whip and then someone shows me the difference and offers me real cream…..

  12. mompriest says:

    Hotcup, you crack me up – that is some great imagery – cool whip or real (whipped) cream….(I, of course, prefer the real stuff, especially if I whip it myself)….Everyone else, thank you for the affirmation – I appreciate knowing that I’m in good company. Oh, and reiki, so I hear, is fabulous body work. I have to try it sometime.

  13. Serena says:

    Haven’t read the book … now want to, that’s for sure. And, a big AMEN to the rest of your answers. Loved Freedom Writers, and #’s 3 and 5 = YES!Thanks for a great play.

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