Me: Hi! My name is Megan!
You: Hi Megan! Who are you exactly, and why the blog? I have many questions for a made-up straw person!
Me: I am an ordained Episcopal priest, formerly working as a college chaplain in the Diocese of Arizona. Now, I work as the Assistant Rector and Day School Chaplain at a downtown church in Kansas City. (And this blog has now been running for over two years now, which just amazes me to no end.)
You: So you live in Kansas now? A large-ish square state wherein they grow corn?
Me: Hahahahahaha! No. And never speak of this again.
I live in Missouri, in a city, with tall buildings and many coffee shops. My days are filled with explaining Bible stories to small children, and older adults, and helping other older adults explain Bible stories to small children. I also occasionally protest things, and/or buy shoes.
You: That sounds like fun.
Me: It is! Any other questions while I have you here, O Imaginary Straw-Figure?
You: Yes, why do you make so many relentless jokes about everything? Shouldn’t you be more serious as a clergy-type person?
Me: Well, maybe. But there is a lot of really horrible stuff in the world already. Humor is my way of coping, of sorting the important stuff from the adiaphora (unimportant stuff). Also, let us not forget that God made the Leviathan for the sport of it. Probably because God thought it would be really funny. And in a society where, largely, people have been trained to be unemotional, or emotional only on a very surface level, convincing them to laugh first often gets them to feel safe enough to venture into the harder emotional territory.
You: Wow. That got deep.
Me: Yup. Sometimes that’ll happen.