Wow! It was quite a roller-coaster ride of a farewell Eucharist last Sunday - with such wonderful people at Milton Anglicans that it is so hard to leave behind...
I have wondered recently too whether every holy parting brings back other holy partings? Last Sunday I know Penny was also especially thinking of the deep pain-love journey we traveled at the beginning of our lives together in the struggle for Anglican women’s ordination. For it is likely to be the last time Penny presides at an (official) Anglican Eucharist for a little while and I’m not sure how she managed the Eucharistic prayer without visible tears. I was recalled to the first time I presided at the Eucharist, and I was the one desperately holding it together, as Penny and another yet-to-be-allowed-to-be ordained female hugged and cried in the congregation. Today it was my turn to do the visible weeping - from the sadness, joy, and poignancy of our journeys. Penny choosing our favourite Movement for the Ordination of Women song to end didn’t help either! But that’s the Eucharist/Mass/Communion (what you will) for you - being broken open for love: now, as in the past, for the future, always. Moving, of course, before too long, into another space where such new life, and wrestling with pain-love, flourishes - the journey goes on...
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.