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. I then moved to be the Assistant Rector of St. Paul’s, in Kansas City, Missouri. Now, I am the rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, in Ithaca, NY. (And this blog has now been running for over five years. It is practically attending kindergarten and reading.)
You: So you live in New York?
Me: Yes, but the state, and not the large city.
You: So you’re a coastal elite then, like I’ve been warned about on the news?
Me: Uh, not quite. I live in a smallish, college town in upstate New York, filled with waterfalls, bookstores, and places to recycle. I work at an awesome church there, and it’s pretty great. Also, I knit, collect shoes, and sometimes protest things. I also try to convince my cat not to attempt global domination.
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.