You may have noticed this blog has been rather silent for a long time. The end of last spring’s term at Gallaudet was, as always, a busy one! Over the summer, I got wrapped up with other projects and ideas. And every time I went to clean out the inevitable spam comments, I would say to myself, “I should post something.” Unfortunately, that’s as far as it got. The fall term at Gallaudet was unexpectedly chaotic as well, I endured another kidney stone and had a number of travel events. That, of course, left me rushed to keep up with course development and teaching.
With a new year, I’m aiming to make weekly posts again and here’s some things I have in store.
I. A Deaf Ministry Together series of posts.
Part of of the motivation to begin this blog was a hope that Deaf theology and Deaf ministry topics could be shared and discussed. This series will begin next Friday and post every other week.
Planned topics include:
1. Clergy burnout and leadership overload
2. Laity leadership
3. Deaf ecclesiology or, just what is a Deaf church anyway?
4. Theological and Biblical literacy
5. Oppression, Liberation, and being Deaf in the 21st century
6. A dearth of resources, a hope for ecumenicism
7. Cultural worship and liturgy
II. A series of unfortunate posts
One of my earlier attempts at a blog had begun examining the moral agency of children in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Unfortunately, the whole iDisk system for blogging that Apple had created was discontinued before my series of posts reached its conclusion. So I’m going to port them over here and edit them. And seeing as Lemony Snicket has begun a whole new series revealing more about the mechanism of the VFD, we’ll see about branching into that as well! This series will run on the weeks that Deaf Ministry Together does not.
III. Ask a question, get an answer
I get asked questions. I guess it comes with the territory of being an assistant professor of religion, but people will occasionally say things like, “I hope you don’t think this is a dumb question, but…” Usually, they’re quite good questions! People get odd ideas about religion, theology, and life because of the general unwillingness of American culture to truly discuss and examine religion rather than simply teach doctrine or debate without listening. These posts will be an occasional feature when these questions pop up. And if you have a question, ask it! I’ll be pulling up questions from time to time that have been asked of me in the past that make good posts too. As always, my answers are simply one answer of many possible answers.