This is another Hagler celebrating his own victory, but you get the idea.
Last Saturday I was examined by Muskingum Valley Presbytery and they voted unanimously for me to be ordained a Minister of Word and Sacrament. The ordination service is on April 11th and both Friars and the Fool will of course be involved, as will be a number of other people.
Not only was the vote unanimous, apparently, but there were a number of people who were really happy with me. I did not expect that at all. Being that I perceive myself as living in an outpost at the edge of Presbyterianism, I was not expecting a warm welcome, but I got one. I'll be curious to see, from the inside, how far beyond the pale I really am, or whether the Internet just attracts crazies who like to post on blogs. ::wink wink::
Now, of course, some people were not happy with some of my answers during the examination. But I find that what I really want to do is to go talk to them at the next meeting, or between meetings, and get to know them, and find out more about what was behind their questions.
I didn't realize how much this whole process was weighing on me until that last vote. My spouse even cried tears of relief.
For future reference, I look forward, very much, to having all of these engaging, knock-down-drag-out arguments about theology with my colleagues. Particularly in MVP, which I am finding to be a really superb Presbytery. I never thought I'd look forward to the next Presbytery meeting, but I actually am.
Anybody else seen these flying pigs?