Watch out, world; Fidelia’s Sisters is entering its terrible twos! We trust the year ahead will not involve too many temper tantrums—though the occasional spirited argument in the comments section of an article is always welcomed.
In the last year, we said goodbye to Kate Smanik Moyes, our assistant editor whose job change and new responsibilities demanded her attention. We welcomed Lara Blackwood Pickrel, our new editor for the Divine Details column.
We thank all of you who wrote for and read the e-zine in the last year. We editors are continually impressed by the quality of submissions and the interesting conversations that happen in our comments section and about articles on the Young Clergy Women Community Ning! boards.
The editors of each section have chosen their favorite articles from the last year, which represent the breadth and width of the experiences of our community.
In The Single Rev’s Guide to Life, an anonymous author addressed the biggest taboo of young single clergy women—the fear that comes with the belief that you might be pregnant—in the article “Aborting God.” In her article “In Touch”, Melissa St. Clair wrote poignantly about the loneliness of being ill and single.
Julia Seymour wrote a beautiful Holy Week meditation about being a pregnant pastor and the wife of a deployed soldier in her article, “For Deployment and For Stateside” in The Ones We Love column.
Sarah Kinney Gaventa wrestled with the idea of discerning her call when her husband got a call to seminary in “All in the Family” in Divine Details.
Ever wondered what being a foster parent is like? Then read Patricia Watson’s funny and heart wrenching, “Being a Foster Parent” in Moms in Ministry. Also in Moms and Ministry an anonymous author discusses the pain of struggling with infertility while being such a public figure as a minister in, “Clergy Women and Infertility: Breaking the Silence”.
A spirited debate about whether Edward and Bella’s relationship was a controlling, abusive one makes “The Twilight Series” a good read. Want to spice up your Christmas playlist? Then check out all the favorites found in “Singing Glad Tidings of Joy.” Both can be found in last year’s new column, The Jesus Review.
Unexpectedly evoking controversy was Rebecca Littlejohn’s “New Hymns” in Sunday Morning and Beyond. Rebecca wrote new lyrics for the hymn tune, “Austrian Hymn.” While her lyrics were universally admired, the tune itself—also used for the German National Anthem—provoked discussion.
Finishing out our editor’s picks for the year are two articles about two creative women. Bromleigh McCleneghan writes about how her primary calling as a writer gets integrated into her life as a pastor in, “Still a Writer” in Called and Sent. MaryAnn McKibben Dana interviewed artist Suzanne Stovall Vinson in an article for Christ and Creativity. Suzanne and MaryAnn discussed the creative process and what life as an artist and a minister is like for Suzanne.
What was your favorite article from Fidelia’s last year? Let us know by posting in the comments to this article. One lucky winner (chosen at random) will win a $50 gift certificate for Chalice Press books!