today was the gay pride march in nyc. this year, spiritual and religious groups went up at the front. i went with my church. it was great fun and very moving.
living in such a liberal place as nyc and in such a liberal diocese i rarely see first-hand the strife that is occuring in the episcopal church. i only hear about it on the news. today i only saw one very small group of people declaring homosexuality to be a sin. i mean, there were maybe 6 people huddled together praying in that group.
one thing that does give me pause is how easy or difficult it might be for me to live in africa (which is where i'd like to live and work in my vocation as a religious and a teacher/child care-giver). i hear that regular every day people in africa are not too fussed about any issues dealing with sexual orientation. they are just trying to get by and don't have the "luxury" of such problems. but, will the american church pull away from the anglican communion? do i want to be part of the anglican communion if they aren't accepting? these are problems that will reveal their natures as i get closer to my time. i still have to find a convent!
a sister from order of the holy paraclete emailed me recently about their orphanage in swaziland. it has moved to a new site called bulembu village, out of which is run bulembu ministries. i'd like to go visit there next summer.
first, i have a lot to do here. paying my student loans is one of them. you can't go into a convent with debt.
i'm going to an orientation to foster a child or two children. this is something i've been wanting to do before i go. i wish i could have 5 lifetimes to do all i want to (live in spain, foster children, live in africa, be a nun).
i'll write more frequently as summer vacation is coming soon.