Friday, September 09, 2005

nuns can have fun, too



A recent visitor of my blog posted this comment: “your blog is funny. and you're cute. too bad you're a nun, or something.”

How charming ...

So, I’m a nun, huh? I thought I had a good three more years to go before I officially entered the yet-to-be-founded order of Baptist Artist Nuns (BAN, for short). My girlfriends and I in college formulated this idea in the midst of seemingly hopeless lack of marital prospects. Some were willing to begin it right away, while others, like myself, had set a condition. For instance, I would enter the order upon the condition that when I turn twenty-seven and find myself to still be single, then I would willingly commit myself to the Lord through my art and service by entering the order of BAN.

We would design our own habits and encourage the wearing of hats rather than those wretched wimples. We would spend our days studying the Word, sitting in our studio painting and designing whatever the Spirit inspired us to create, and bringing cheer to those in distress with our helpful spirits and our ridiculous antics. You could be assured that much giggling and foolishness would season our days of mercy and service.

All of us are still single (does one having a boyfriend count?) ... but very few of us still give any thought to the possibility of establishing our order. I still have three years; and I intend to enjoy them to the fullest. And who knows, but God, that my condition may not be met and that I may find myself blissfully wedded within the set time.

However, if attending seminary makes me a nun ... let it be known that nuns can still have fun. Like having Biblical Hermeneutics outside while enjoying a picnic with new friends.

(Dr. Plummer being fooled into thinking that we have been very diligent about our work.)

13 comments:

Out of Work Ex-Priest on Wall Street said...

Does this order have a Priest? I am an out of work priest looking for employment. I have my resume all over monster.com, and snagajob.com. No one seems to need a priest anymore. On second thought your habit may not be a good idea. Who can control a bunch of free spirited nuns? It would be like trying to rustle-up a herd of painting unicorns. Maybe i'll just "kick the habit" and take up corporate finance.

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Kristin said...

Christine! You should come to the Highlands Festival tomorrow, Erin and I will be @ Sojourns booth thingy.

Nikki Daniel said...

Man!! Those nuns are cute!

Nikki Daniel said...

And how did that stupid ad get on your blog even though you have word verification?!

Kristin said...

We will be there from 1-3. I want to walk around after we are finished.

Jason said...

I've never heard of a priest who was out of work, although there are obviously a few who should be out of work. Good thing our hope isn't in the Supreme Court of the United States, eh? :)

Anyway, I just found your blog through the Blog of Nikki Tatom and wanted to say that this one is pretty cool... I like how you incorporate pictures into almost every post. I've never thought about doing that, except for my uninspiring pictures of a cup of instant cappuccino (ref. Exhibit A: http://jasonramage.blogspot.com ). And those nuns are cute... too bad they're nuns... just kidding :)

Anyway, see ya 'round da blogosphere.

Oh, and don't worry so much about being single. If nuns can be happy for their whole lives without getting married, surely a few of the rest of us can manage it too :)

ckhnat said...

ha ha, thanks, Jason. but in all actuallity my singleness isn't a huge deal to me. i suppose i use the blog as an outlet for that little voice inside me that gets suppressed.

Jason said...

I used to attend this Episcopal church here in Louisville and part of the liturgy was a prayer about having a "singleness of heart." I was never really sure what that meant, spiritually speaking, but I felt like God was answering that prayer anyway. :)

Perhaps singleness of heart has something to do with being directed towards God alone or something... yeah, that sounds good.

Lenny Tavernelli said...

Christine, that's a pretty funny post. The idea of Baptist nuns is quite strikingly...weird. But I guess that that would give Page Patterson something else to oversee in his spare time.

ckhnat said...

It's not unheard of, Lenny. In Europe, there are many groups of Protestant nuns. I should know. Schwester (Sister) Ingeborg taught me how to play the guitar.

Lenny Tavernelli said...

Thank you for the information/correction, Christine. I have heard of Protestant nuns, but I have never actually heard of Baptist nuns--perhaps they do exist. And that's pretty cool that a nun taught you how to play guitar--I bet she showed you some sweet licks!

On Behalf of Baptist Nuns said...

Yes, there are Baptist nuns,just as there are Anglican nuns and Lutheran nuns and other protestant nuns; they are sweet, loving women who either never married or are widows and want to devote the remainder of their lives to serving their Lord. There are several different orders of Baptist nuns in the United States and Canada with varying degrees of formality. Just as the more widely known Catholic nuns, some wear habits, some do not; some are cloistered, some are totally independent of a motherchurch. The only real difference in a Catholic nun and a Baptist nun is the difference in all Catholics and Baptists - a few of the beliefs!