This is my favourite of some of the recent picturing of the Presentation/Candlemas I’ve seen - with thanks to mamabishop and her wider current reflections on this continuing Epiphany season:
Life-giving and nurturing, the prophet looks thankfully and in hope to the light - and, in contrast to the problematic elements of childbirth ‘purification’ and the slaughter of doves, the two living birds speak too of ecological and other resurrection and baptism for fruitfulness and healing.
What do others see? My dear friend and fellow Anglican priest, Stuart Soley, says: 'In addition to the things you see I notice the prophet (and it could be both Anna or Simeon...lovely!) holds but doesn't hold the Christ child! Ready to let him go to be that light and energy of world'. My wonderful Pitt Street friend and retired Uniting Church MInisters says: ' I delight in the confident graceful smile of Simeon/ Anna. The earth colour encompassing them and their own earth colour speak of the joy and birthing of the new way comin.'...
Penny and I are feeling very blessed after renewing our marriage vows this week in St John's (Anglican) Cathedral in Brisbane - on our 35th wedding anniversary. We had intended to mark this occasion by beginning several months long leave overseas. COVID-19 put an end to that. However we felt powerfully drawn to mark this point in our lives, particularly after this year completing the main elements of my gender affirmation journey. It also gave us an opportunity to celebrate a 'queer' marriage which some of our co-religionists say is impossible (!) but which we believe is a lovely gift for the renewal both of marriage and also of human relationships with our wider creation. For, as I have written elsewhere (see here for example), a deeper wrestling with Judaeo-Christian tradition leads us into a much more profound and life-giving understanding of marriage and God's shalom...
Jo Inkpin is an Anglican priest serving as Minister of Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney, a trans woman, theologian & justice activist. These are some of my reflections on life, spirit, and the search for peace, justice & sustainable creation.