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Welcome to teaheepeehee! So what is this place, anyway, and what am I doing here?

This is a place where I can put my thoughts and reflections on virtual paper in the hopes that I might cause other people to think. 🙂 Thinking people is something we seem to be in short supply of these days, so anything to get the grey matter working, I believe, can only be a good thing … even if it’s yet another blog.

The title of this blog (the Reverend boy) may lead you to assume that most of what I write will be among the religious or spiritual vein. You assume correctly. When I first started this thing back in 2007, it was not meant to be a spiritual journal, per se, but  I have come to believe that sharing in one’s spiritual journey is integral to helping others to connect with something bigger than themselves.  And as a Christian, that something, (or rather I should say, someone) is what we ca

That’s all well and good, you say, but who are you, exactly?

The basics … My name is David, and I am a 30-something currently making his way in the world in Key West, FL, USA.  Please let me know if you drop in.  I came here by way of New York City, where I lived for quite a few years and grew up in North Carolina.

I am a Christian. … In other words, I believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God and Saviour of the world. For more information about this guy, check out either the Apostle’s or Nicene Creed … other good sources are by some guys named Matthew Mark Luke and John.

I am an Episcopalian … I am a member of the US branch of the Anglican Communion and an aspirant or Holy Orders in the Diocese of SE Florida.  My sponsoring parish is St. Peters where I have the pleasure of serving in the altar party and occasionally preach or lend my questionable vocal talents to the choir. Episcopalians in general, more than any other branch of the faith in my opinion, enjoy having a good time. I happen to firmly believe that if heaven’s a banquet, then Episcopalians will be in charge of the cocktail hour so everyone can start eternity off right….with a party.

I consider myself a Progressive Evangelical … No, the two terms are not contradictory. Neither does it place me in the category of the religious right. I call myself progressive more out of a bent for bent for social and economic justice, just like Jesus did.  Again, if you have further questions, look through the writings of the four gents I mentioned earlier.  I consider myself an Evangelical because I would like the words of my mouth, the meditations of my heart and the way I conduct myself to be a reflection of everything that Jesus wants us to be as full human beings in a relationship with God.  I do not claim to be successful at it by any stretch of the imagination, and there have been many “grace filled moments” in my life (more than I care to admit) but I keep working at it.  If nothing else, it helps maintain a certain sense of perspective.

 

So, that’s me.

As the tagline says, I am not a clergyman … yet. I am an aspirant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Southeast Florida.  I originally began this journey towards ordination what seems like forever ago in the Diocese of New York, and I am in Key West to continue the Discernment Process.  One thing I have learned is that God’s time is much more in tune with when where and how things should end up (much more so than I am).  I have lived in Key West since June 2010, and hope to complete the process by 2014.

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8 responses

28 09 2007
Doorman-Priest

Glad to have found your site. We are in a similar situation. I’ll be interested to chart your progress.
Pax Christi
D.P.

23 10 2007
KJ

Hey Reverend Boy!

I’ve finally gotten myself over here from MadPriest’s place. I too am a gay evangelical Episcopalian, but since the word “evangelical” scares so many Episopalians, I’ve borrowed MadPriest’s handle of “creedal fundamentalist.” I grew up in Evangelical Land, and received my exit visa when I came out at 40. Best thing that ever happened to me!

By the way, another evangelical gay man is Ralph Blair, founder of Evangelicals Concerned. It was through the Seattle group that I learned I was not the only Christian gay man on the planet. If you’ve not read any of Blair’s writings, you may find them worthwhile.

Peace

23 10 2007
Reverend boy

Hi KJ,,

Great to hear from you! I know Ralph personally actually 🙂 He and his group were instrumental in helping me to reconcile and integrate everything…for the first time in a very long while, i knew a great sense of wholeness as a result of his work and the fellowship which came out of EC.

As for the label of Evangelical, like a lot of things Christian, it has been co-opted by the religious right and i hope to be able in some small way reclaim it. We are all about the Good News after all!

27 10 2007
KJ

I’ve only gotten to meet Ralph Blair once, back in ’99 when I attended an Evangelicals Concerned ConnECtion, held in Tacoma, Washington. EC was a very important part of my coming out process too, since as I’ve written before, I truly believed that I was the only Christian gay boy on the planet. Getting myself from the burbs north of Seattle to an EC Bible Study in Seattle was a huge step. It was there that I met the man who is now my husband. When those who are less than supportive ask where I met my partner, I LOVE to tell them, “At Bible study.” (heh heh heh)

I am agreed regarding the loss of the word “evangelical. So, now, as I wrote before, when others need a lable for me, I go with “creedal fundamentalist and social libertarian.” It has taken some getting used to hanging out with those who are a bit more loose with the creeds than I, but I have gotten to the point where I can enjoy learning about where others are in their journey as opposed to telling them where they ought to be. 🙂

1 04 2008
Rob

I’m also a homosexual evangelical Episcopalian, and an aspirant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Bethlehem PA … I chair our Evangelism Leadership Team and will be working on the Diocessan Council at some point.

I enjoy the postings on this site and plan to be a frequent visitor and contributor.

18 09 2008
Larry Shell

I suppose I might count as a Gay, Evangelical, Episcopalian – so if your web site hasn’t introduced you to any as of yet – then you can count me. I am an ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Northern Michigan – we do things a bit differently up here though, being the smallest diocese in the entire Anglican Communion. If you’re interested, I’ll share some of my experiences.

We’re in the midst of discerning a new bishop – this too is very different from the norm (our process) and will probably stretch the canons to the breaking point.

Drop me a note some time.

Peace+
Larry

8 05 2010
Mervyn Thomas

found your site by accident when looking for community in the farewell discourses. I am a non-gay inclusive Catholic Anglican deacon 🙂

Good luck with your journey through discernment and formation 🙂

In my prayers
Mervyn

4 07 2010
nilsjonaspetter

Hey!
Beeing in somewhat the same position as you, I thought that I might pop by and say hi 🙂 I am on my way to priesthood in the Lutheran Church of Sweden, and, as you might guess, gay too. Don’t know if anyone else has experienced the same thing as I, but my main struggle has not been within the Christian community (the C of S is rather liberal compared to other denominations, one openly gay bishop, and performing same-sex weddings) but within the LGBT community. Somehow beeing Christian and gay seems to be a disturbing idea for many of my gay friends (could perhaps have something to do with the fact that I’ve been quite activly engaged as an activist, and thus have mostly met “aggressive” LGBT-people…).

Anyhow, just wanted to say hi – have most certainly added your blog to my feed 🙂

Pax et bonum,
Petter

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