Tim Buckley has tagged me and while I’m quite happy to say where I was 10, 20 and 30 years ago, working out who to tag next is challenging.
Ten years ago I was in Melbourne, Australia just beginning what turned out to be the placement from hell – Outreach Ministries Coordinator for the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria. The upside was that we were living in the lovely bayside suburb of Edithvale, 10 minutes’ walk from Port Philip Bay. It also turned out to be anything up to a two hour commute to the office, so it was a downside as well. Got introduced to prison chaplaincy, which I found fascinating. Married, with two primary (grade) school aged children.
Twenty years ago I was in Melbourne for the first time, getting ready to be ordained as a minister of the Uniting Church in Australia (the anniversary of my ordination is 12th December, for those who want to send greetings). Living in a “surplus to requirements” manse in the northern suburb of Reservoir. Married, with a small baby who didn’t sleep much. Although my denomination has always ordained women (since it was formed in 1977) I was the first – or was it the second? – candidate in Victorian Synod who actually gave birth whilst training, but only by a matter of two weeks.
Thirty years ago I was still living at home with my parents, newly graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture majoring in Animal Husbandry, and working as an aide in the dietary department of Ryde Hospital. I was actually marking time until I could enrol in a graduate diploma in human nutrition course because I wanted to work with people, not animals. My game plan had been to work in Agricultural Extension, helping farmers to apply research to their farming, but they didn’t employ women because farmers weren’t even all that keen on listening to male AE officers at that stage. It was nearly a decade later that they employed the first women in this field.
So, are there rules to this meme/tagging thing? Am I supposed to keep to bibliobloggers or can I go elsewhere? Since no-one’s told me, I’m going to tag:
April DeConick whose Forbidden Gospels blog gives me food for thought on a regular basis.
Craig Mitchell who teaches and directs lay education for the Uniting Church in South Australia, does lots of alt.worship stuff using multimedia, comes from Australia and likes cooking.
Mark Alterman, or specifically his Theological German/Theologisches Deutsch site, because it encourages me when I can read things he posts without having to resort to the vocabulary lists too often, as well as encouraging me to keep up with my German.
I hope these people don’t put me on there “never speak to her again” lists.