Am I a clergy influencer now?
On March 5th, I was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church. For those who don’t speak Episcopal hierarchy, I am now a member of the transitional diaconate.
Basically, I will be a deacon for about six months and then, God-willing, be ordained a priest. My vocation as a deacon will not disappear at that point, but will be integrated into my call as a priest.
Even though I can’t do certain things that are reserved for priests, I am a member of the clergy. You can call me Reverend Deacon or Mother Deacon if you’d like. It also means that now I wear a collar while performing my ordained duties.
I would have written this post much sooner, but I was (vainly) waiting for a moment to do a little photo shoot in my clergy shirt!
Speaking of which, I have found myself suddenly immersed in the world of clergy wear. I have a couple of post ideas stewing, including a roundup on sustainable women’s clergy attire and a discussion of the ethics of church material culture.
I haven’t quite figured out how to pivot/stay with StyleWise through this, frankly radical, identity shift. But I think I just need to go with my gut and not worry too much about it.
In other news, Daniel got a job! He’s working for a friend’s business, doing research and social media engagement. I’m also on the job market. If you’re the praying type, please pray for opportunities and discernment to know where to go.
I’m also less than two months away from graduating from divinity school. I’m ready and not ready at the same time.
On the fashion front, I’ve been thinking about spring quite a lot. But I know that I really need to think about my professional wardrobe and not stock up on casual clothes. This month, I bought two pairs of chinos, black pumps, and knit flats.
What I’ve Been Enjoying:
- The great conundrum of the sustainability influencer
- That Organic Cotton T-Shirt May Not Be as Organic as You Think
- Europe has designs on making the ‘fast fashion’ industry more sustainable
- The Rise of the ‘Umms’
- Still working on Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle
- Hulu’s Life & Beth