What’s a seminarian?
Just in case someone stumbles on my blog and wonders what a seminarian is, let me explain. The American Heritage dictionary defines seminarian as a student in seminary. This is a very simple definition and may help to demythologize some of the connotations around the word seminarian. Sometimes I hear that word spoken in the hushed tones of churchy reverence. Well, in my home state of
However, if you're not LDS going to seminary is a big deal. It can cost a lot of money. Seminaries accredited by the Association of Theological Schools expect you to do graduate level work. In my seminary, not all seminarians are studying for the priesthood. Some are working on masters in theology. Some are working on a certificate in Anglican studies. Some are working on doctorates. I think this helps keep people from getting all wrapped up in the ordination process. For me it is wonderful to see people studying theology for reasons other than ordained ministry. The people I study with here at CDSP are at all kinds as different places in their spiritual journeys. We have one thing in common or so it seems to me. We have an affinity for God and things religious. This group of folks takes this seriously, but thankfully not too seriously.
Teresa and I finished watching Angels in
I have a lot of respect for the main hero in this story, Prior. Even though angels tell him how sucky life is and that it will get worse, Prior wants to live. Even though they offer him a way out of the suffering, death, Prior, with eyes wide open and in defiance, chooses life and demands a blessing. He will live life on his terms and live it fabulously. Isn’t that the drag queen battle cry?
There is a lot of religion in this show – Judaism, Christianity, Mormonism. Even the Hare Krishnas have a cameo! It’s kind of like This American Life, a very good secular radio show and it has a lot of stories with reference to or about religion. We really are a very religious country.
There is a lot in this movie, beside that fact that it is six hours long – don’t try it in one sitting! I think it ought to be standard fare in any queer theory course. I think it would be good for high school age youth groups. It would be great for Adult Christian Ed. If you haven’t seen it, get the DVD, a big bag of popcorn and enjoy!