Friday, June 29, 2007

Gifts & Talents Friday 5

Today RevGalBlogPals features a Gifts and Talents Friday 5!

Sally suggested,
Our Circuit (Methodist) is having a "Gifts and talents day" tomorrow- we have a minister visiting from another circuit who has modified the Myers Briggs personality test and added a few things of his own to run a day where we get to look at ourselves in the light of giftings and of the whole church. The idea is to encourage everyone with the news that there is room for you in the ministry of the church- and perhaps to discover where that ministry might be.....

It should be an interesting day, and one where I hope people will leave feeling encouraged and challenged...

So with gifts and talents in mind here is todays Friday 5:
1 Peter 4:101. Personality tests; love them or hate them?

I enjoy them; on the Myers-Briggs Kiersey I'm an ENFJ [moderate E and N; slight F and J] and I'm an Enneagram 3. I also enjoy personality memes, though most of those probably aren't truly technically psychometric.

2. Would you describe yourself as practical, creative, intellectual or a mixture?

Primarily intellectual and creative, though I'm far from wildly impractical.

3. It is said that everyone has their 15 minutes of fame; have you had yours yet? If so what was it, if not dream away what would you like it to be?

Do lots of appearances on the local 10 or 11 pm news count? To cite another example of maybe fame, ages ago I was "the" Protestant woman participant in a local TV prime-time public affairs series—it was prerecorded and on the evening they aired it we had a meeting at church, so I didn't insist on viewing it (though the next day senior pastor chastised me, saying we could've watched it at church), but every time I ran into one of my neighbors it seemed they'd seen it! Cool!

Oh, what would I like my real 15 minutes of fame to be? Something related to my graphic design, which I consider my unique creativity.

4. If you were given a 2 year sabbatical (oh the dream of it) to create something would it be music, literature, art.....something completely different...share your dream with us...

Art and theology! Several years ago I started to fantasize writing a book about ecological theology; I've done some preliminary reading and need to do lots more, but I'd love to actualize the book or a series of articles or *even* some substantial blogs, along with the book cover, illustrations and [interior] design. Depending on the sabbatical's where, I'd also like to learn the rest of the Beethoven piano sonatas.

5. Describe a talent you would like to develop, but that seems completely beyond you.

Hey, I'm an enneagram 3, so nothing truly seems completely in the out-there and beyond, though maybe there's a major fall waiting for me!

Bonus question: Back to the church- what does every member ministry mean to you? Is it truly possible to encourage/ implement?

It means getting everyone out of their self-protectiveness and dispelling a couple kinds of fears: those of the folks already involved in particular ministries that they'll no longer have a place or maybe that others will excel them in excellence; and the fear some people have of not being good enough or of being ridiculed or compared because someone else already is doing outstanding service in the area they aspire to. Is it possible to encourage and implement? That's a subject for another, longer, sigh-filled blog...

Thanks, Sally! This was cool; wish I had a lot more time to work through your wonderful questions.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Book, Books, Books: Friday 5

Books, Books, Books Friday Five from the Rev Gals today!

Oh, Sally! Hey, for the first time ever F5 got posted late enough I can play early; here's what Sally blogged:
I've just returned from a meeting in Cambridge so I'm posting this late here in the UK (it is 3:45pm).. because I took the opportunity of a free afternoon in Cambridge's wonderful book shops... I only bought a few- and they were on sale- very restrained for me!!!

So with my head full of books I've seen and a long wish list in my mind, I bring you a Friday Five on books!!!
This is very tough, but in my desire to score an unheard of early play from the Left Coast and the fact I'm pianist for an 11 a.m. memorial service, I'll sketch out some ideas.

1. Fiction what kind, detective novels, historical stuff, thrillers, romance????

For the artist-designer in me, kid's book with fabulous illustrations; for more grownup-type fare, I enjoy Lilian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who... series. These don't exactly qualify as fiction, but periodicals I enjoy include Better Homes and Gardens as well as Print and Step Inside Design from the graphic design industry and endeavor.

2. When you get a really good book do you read it all in one chunk or savour it slowly?

Chunk reader here.

3. Is there a book you keep returning to and why?

Martin Buber, I and Thou; William Stringfellow, An Ethic for Christians and other Aliens; The Bhagavad Gita...

4. Apart from the Bible which non-fiction book has influenced you the most?

The above-cited trio and the three volumes of Paul Tillich's sermons, which I believe have been reissued in one volume: The Eternal Now; The Shaking of the Foundations; The New Being

5. Describe a perfect place to read. ( could be anywhere!!!)

On the beach when it's not too hot and/or sunny; curled up in an overstuffed chair in the living room or on the porch or veranda or deck.