RevGalBlogPals: A Birthday Carnival!

Teri over at Revgals writes:

Happy Birthday to us,
Happy birthday to us,
Happy birthday dear RevGals,
happy birthday to us!

That’s right, this week is the birthday of RevGalBlogPals. We’re eight! It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since the comment-conversation that led to t-shirts and a website, then later a board and an annual event and now a staff person! We are growing almost as fast as an eight year old, and we love every minute! As many of the founders can be heard saying: “we made a thing!” It’s always said with an exclamation point, of course.

I have a friend who always wishes people happy birthday with the greeting “happy new year!” It’s a reminder that a birthday both marks things past and looks forward to things to come. So may our birthday be an occasion for looking back (as we have done the last two weeks) and looking forward at what God has in store for us next!

Because eight year olds love things that are slightly complicated but not really, and because 8 year olds are some of the most imaginative people I know, we’ll be doing a two-part carnival this week!

Such fun, this month of Carnival posts! 🙂 And I just met a bunch of RevGals (though they didn’t know it yet) from Wesley Seminary who visited our church yesterday. I hope they come find all of us, because they are some amazing Local Pastors who will enjoy this camaraderie, too.

On to the questions!

1. What’s your birthday tradition?

We always ask the birthday person to request a menu (or a place to go out and eat) for their birthday dinner. They also get to choose the kind of cake or sweet treat. Bearded Brewer is happy with a birthday pie (just about any kind except coconut!) and rest of us are prone to want chocolate or one of the luscious desserts the Reedy Girl makes.

2. If you were blowing out the RevGal birthday candles, what would you wish for us? What’s your dream for RevGalBlogPals?

I would wish for continued support and caring among a widely disparate group of women pastors and their “pals.” It is so easy in this day and age to get huffy. Though we are so very different, we are accepting of those differences. Even if how someone else worships is not our cuppa, there’s no theological head-bashing. Among religious and Christian bloggers, that is just simply unusual. (A hat tip to the trolls in my comment section. I’ll still not publish your rants.)

I would also wish that we knock down those walls once and for all so that those who are gifted  will be able to serve the Church, regardless of race and gender, according to their Calling.

So may it be. Thanks be to God.

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