Welcome Congregants of the Blogosphere!
Nun Tuck’s Almanac is a sometimes serious, but always real attempt to return religious vocabulary back to its rightful roots. And if the roots are rotten, we’ll creatively reimagine these words so that they work for us, now in the 21st century.
This blog will also include, but not be limited to:
>Providing you with brief but accurate and researched information about particular aspects of the world’s religions to fodder discussion.
>Sharing my own personal musings on the sacred journey or items related to the collective spiritual journey.
>Religion is a word that has been used and misused ad nauseum. Its definition, its meaning, is very simply that which binds us together. The religion of this blog is: compassion, an openness to others’ beliefs and ideas (or at the very least, let’s not get nasty) and exploring ways to engage in the simple daily practices of spiritual fitness.
What about the name?
1. I too would much prefer the company of a community of outlaws enforcing a little social justice to a band of self-satisfied complacent Sunday morning hypocrites.
2. Now while stealing from the rich to give to the poor may sound to some as Anti-American sentiment (can you say “Bolshevik Plot”) many of us are sufficiently outraged by the unadulterated avarice of the past several years/decades to think this perpetually populist idea particularly poignant (take that, Peter Piper).
3. Both of us enjoy a full glass of wine or two from the fruit of the vine (not too picky about the vine) served with any generous volume of carbohydrates. We continue to live simply and faithfully (lots more on future blogs regarding this) but alas, the flesh is weak.
4. While friendly and gregarious (we are in the business of saving souls after all), we are fiery by temperament. Friar Tuck was expelled from his order due to a lack of respect of authority, and I chose to leave my childhood denomination as the chasm between the choices made by the church’s hierarchy and true care and concern for its people became too great. If authority wants to be respected, it has to earn it.
The almanac is simply a nod to another historic figure, Benjamin Franklin (one to whom I give Rock Star status) and his version of an 18th century blog of sorts, Poor Richard’s Almanac.
My real name is Katherine McHugh. I am a writer, theologian, mother, and runner (thank God with all the calories I eat!) And what I am trying to do here is simply something “worthy, not respectable” (in the words of William Henry Channing).
Ever since I was a kid, God and all kinds of thoughts about God, have moved and shaped me. With a Master’s Degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Religion and Public Life, I continued by curiosity, focusing on how the major world religions incorporate their faiths in daily living. My hope is that, with this knowledge, I can include more people in the conversation, encouraging those of various traditions to talk openly with one another. Understanding that while theologies can be different, a unity of spirit and good will can move mountains.