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Davies, Sally submitted December 2004

I'm from Somerset West, near Cape Town in South Africa, where the weather is hot and windy. It doesn't look as though there are any other South Africans on the list, but did I see a couple from Australia/NZ?

When we can, we attend a church some distance away called St Martins, Bergvliet. My husband is Keith and we have two boys, Donal aged 5 and Evan aged 3. Our background is Welsh (Keith was born there) and we have family in UK, where we lived for some years back in the eighties. I'm a 'cradle Anglican' born in Zimbabwe, Keith has a Baptist background and we both spent some time in charismatic house churches before I reverted to type and got Keith to come along with me! Our church is very evangelical, but generally in the Cape the Anglican churches are "high" with formal worship and liturgy. I like both styles, and am hoping to go along to the Cathedral tomorrow night to catch the 'bells and smells', full-strength!

I'm not relating to all the topics, and may not join in much, but it's just nice to follow a friendly, thoughtful and entertaining conversation. In my working life, I'm a psychologist who works with children, families and whoever. Keith is a sound engineer. So that's us, introduced! While I'm here, does anyone know what happened to "Propertalk"? I have not managed to find it again, which is how I found myself here, joining the army :)

Denson, Lane submitted April 2002

Currently: edit, write, publish Covenant (a commentary on the church and how it goes about being); supply here and there for clergy on the run; play trumpet in a five-piece jazz band that plays the standards.

Recently: Naval aviator WWII; geologist (UTexas BA 49, MA 50); parson (ETSS founding class 1954, priest 1955); college, parish, hospital ministries over the years.




DuBose, Georgia submitted September 2004, updated July 2006

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

I am a newly ordained Episcopal priest in the Diocese of West Virginia (June 10, 2006, + W. Michie Klusmeyer). My path to the priesthood was a distance learning program formed cooperatively by that Diocese and Bexley Hall Seminary. Right now, I am "primary liturgist" at St. John's, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and I work in the Nelson Cluster Episcopal Regional Ministries, under the supervision of Missioner Victor F. Lawson. One truly could not have a kinder, or more focused and demanding mentor. His encouragement and challenges formed my path to the priesthood. My husband's generous and prayerful support was another source of my formation as a priest, and in this time when many question the role of women in the church, I can honestly say that my path to the priesthood was strongly encouraged and supported by devout and thoughtful men--and women, too, especially the Rev. Jane Kempster, and Kate Conant of this list.

I am married to retired (most of the time) diplomat Robert W. DuBose. I honor my husband as a man of peace. He was the chief day-to-day negotiator for the Chemical Weapons Convention. We met through the Nelson Cluster, and were married at Grace Episcopal Church, Middleway, West Virginia, on Jan. 3, 1998. He was a widower of a 38 year marriage, and I had been divorced for 17 years when we married. We have a good time together, and it is great to share one's spiritual life with a partner. Bob has three adult children, and I have two. We also live with a Lhasa Apso of little brain named Koi Ji, of whom we are very fond. We have a white cat named Blizz who disdains Koi Ji, but likes people a lot. We like him, too. He is a deeply cool, yet affectionate, cat. He sheds abundantly, so you can imagine what our clothes look like.

We live next door to the church in Harpers Ferry, a town with a National Historical Park in it. It was the scene of the raid by abolitionist John Brown, which many people think was the tinder for the Civil War.

I started talking to God when I was about five, and became certain that God spoke to me when I was seven. I grew up in the Episcopal Church, in the Diocese of Chicago (St. Gregory's, Deerfield). I was confirmed by Bishop Gerald Burrill in 1962. I graduated from the University of Missouri in 1969. After moving to West Virginia and attending a Frozen Chosen Episcopal church here for a while in 1979-1980, I decided that I had had enough of the Country Club brand of Episcopalianism when I was a child and teenager. A profound interest in the writings of Thomas Merton encouraged me to attend the Roman Catholic Church for about 15 years at Holy Cross Monastery, a Cistercian foundation in nearby Berryville, Virginia. Fr. Edward McCorkell's sermons there on the Holy Spirit deepened my understanding of a person of the Trinity whom I had ignored because people talked about that person as if she were their personal guide as to which socks to wear in the morning.  A reading of Psalm 42 in Washington D.C. convinced me that I needed a savior, and connected me in a way I still do not understand with Jesus Christ my Lord, whom I had previously regarded as a particularly hip guy. I took instruction in 1992, after attending Mass for 12 years, and was confirmed as a Roman Catholic. However, the way the Roman church initially handled the earliest outcropping of child sexual abuse scandals sickened me.

I returned to the Episcopal Church in 1995, attending Grace Church, Middleway. In 1996, the three priests there (Edward Greene+, Jane Kempster+ and Joseph Mackov+) shocked me by encouraging me to consider if I had a vocation for the priesthood. I said that I did not, thank you very much. However, the idea did not leave me alone. At a professional conference in San Francisco in 1997, I attended Evening Prayer at Grace Cathedral every evening for a week, and came away with the conviction that I should explore the path to ordination.

The road wound up the mountain for 10 years. I am grateful, at age nearly 59, to be a priest, and I continue to be grateful to be a deacon. I truly loved the period of my transitional diaconate, and I remain a servant of the Body of Christ. (Despite the lugubrious sound of some of what I have written here, I am reputed to have a sense of humor. One of the things I like most about this list is the people who can laugh.)

Thanks to fellow Jefferson County, West Virginian Kate Conant for introducing me to Magdalen's Compass and Rose. The support here for my vocation, and the attendance of Pubfolk at my ordinations, moved me deeply. You are wonderful people, and I love you.

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