This is where I'll be organizing religious content and information.
In the interim, here are a couple of details:
- I am an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. Yes, I will bless you, bury you, and hear your confession. Yes, you can call me "Mother", though I wish "Father" were less strongly-gendered. You may address formal letters to me as "The Rev. Juli Mallett", if you like.
- As a priest, I am self-supporting, which means that I am not engaged in full-time paid ministry with the Church, and work as a software developer to the extent required to exercise my ministry faithfully. Some people refer to that as being "bivocational," but I do not.
- I think of myself as at least aspiring to being Anglo-Orthodox. I fall pretty well short.
- I hold a M.Div. from the Episcopal Divinity School, with a special competency is Theory & Practice of Ministry. This is the hip new category we have for what used to be Pastoral Theology, and which I think of as Practical Theology. I received the James Arthur Muller prize for "work of distinction in the historical field."
And a few of the books I've found most influential in my journey as a Christian, seminarian and aspirant, in not much of a particular order:
- David Tracy, "Plurality and Ambiguity: Hermeneutics, Religion, Hope"
- G. K. Chesterton, "Orthodoxy"
- Alexander Schmemann, "For the Life of the World"
- Kallistos Ware, "The Ordination of Women in the Orthodox Church"
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, "Hymn of the Universe"
- Vladimir Lossky, "The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church"
While I'm at it, a similarly-incomplete and likewise-disordered list of articles which have expressed things about my theology, faith and convictions which I have struggled to put into words otherwise:
- Sarah Coakley, "The Woman at the Altar"
- Edward Vacek, "The Eclipse of Love for God"
As far as Scriptural influences:
- I'm very drawn to the book of Jonah. I identify with Jonah quite a bit, particularly his foolishness and stubbornness when challenged by a trickster God. And, I suppose, his eventual growth. As time goes by, I realize that the real difficulty is that we never know if the place we find ourselves is more fish or Nineveh until we're being spat out of it..
- I like books from the intertestamental period, though I'm slightly hard-pressed to pick just one; sometimes I like to say that the reason I like them is because I, too, find myself living in an intertestamental period, and so can relate to its challenges.
- In terms of ministry, I feel a great kinship with St. John the Baptist. There was a time when I was considered changing my surname to "St. John" (or some corruption thereof), even.
- The Psalms are certainly the locus and the heart of the emotional life of the Church, and provide a striking account of the human experience; that means a lot to me.
- The First Letter of John has become important to me as a source and locus for an apophatic theology from which springs a virtue ethics of integrity, and an apophatic understanding of prophecy.
And while I'm making lists instead of having to synthesize, categorize and summarize, a list of hymns:
- "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" #324 1982 Hymnal of the Episcopal Church
- "O sons and daughters" ("Filii et Filiae") #206 1982 Hymnal of the Episcopal Church
- "Now the green blade riseth" #204 1982 Hymnal of the Episcopal Church