Sunday, March 29, 2009
Going for it, therefore ...
Therefore, I am going to apply to the seminary, aiming, initially, for an 18-hour Certificate in Graduate Theological Studies. Starting this fall. I am going to fill out the FAFSA. I will take a loan. After that, we'll see.
And I have begun the process of exploring licensure as a minister, which is not ordination but is a credential for supply preaching.
There you have it. That's the plan. I reserve the right to revise and extend, or to change my plan.
God help me. :-)
If you were a UM, you would be going for what we call a lay speaker's position; sometimes they even get appointed, but mostly they do pulpit supply, that kind of thing.
Enjoy the course-work, and obviously, keep us updated. Especially on your reading list.
Now I'm guessing it'll be a while, but you will tell us when you end up guest preaching, yes? Those of us nearby want to come heckle. ;-)
In the meantime, Dr. ER, who is much smarter about these kinds of things, points out that I should borrow the max, and use any excess to pay down higher-interest unsecured debt. She is a smart one, she is.
(Yesterday was a steep slope down all day. From the high point of the morning with the preacherdude all the way down to a yelling fight with my beloved. Gah. Sometime I do still believe in that son-of-a-bitch devil and his imps. Or, oh, the humanity of me.)
You have at least another 40 years to travel this road. Have fun, expect anything.
And the yelling fight had to do with ... nothing. Selfishness on my part. Impatience. My accidentally hurting her feelings; her natural reaction; my hot head. Typical stuff.
And don't forget all the nice tax credits for tuition, books, etc. when it comes tax time.
Pastors can instruct their parishes to give them two checks every pay period: one for a close estimation of housing costs (the tax free amount), and one for all above that amount (taxable).
If you choose to bite the dust and take on "the cloth," find an accountant who is well-versed in military/clergy tax law.
Yeah, our taxes are way, way, waaaayyy too complicated (yet another one of the the joys of living in sin), but what little I know about it is that there are all sorts of credits/deductions for us students that normal grown ups don't get. :)
Alan: The coolest part of studentin' is the daily excuses for denying one's true, ah, maturity! :-)
... but it wasn't like Augustine was a prime choice who went willingly.
'Ave you got any mistresses and bastard children you're going to have to give up?
Hey, I told Dr. ER what my first sermon might could be at the First Redneck UCC Church:
"If Heaven Ain't a Lot Like Dixie, I don't Wanna Go."
Preached from the First Book of Bocephus.
The possibly impending signal flash of fate, destiny?
The knowledge that it will be less than ideal, that afterward you know more but still have to live in the real world?
Having to read more Frei?
Maybe some somberness is appropriate.
Plus you get the student discount at movies.
Blessings & Peace,
Hey, I'm planning on being there. I'm almost positive my job is flexible enough for me to come all day Tuesdays.