The catch-all line in any job description is always “and other jobs as requested.” When you are an Episcopal Priest sometimes that line means cleaning bathrooms, negotiating with copiers, or shoveling walkways, and sometimes it means teaching theology.
For the past three months, I’ve had the joyous privilege of teaching theology to future deacons. (We’ll just side-step the whole Episcopal ordination process bit.) Altogether I had a lot of fun and they seemed to also.
Of course, there is always more to discuss than we had time to, so one of the things I left them with was a reading list.
The process for compiling this was pretty simple. I looked at my bookshelves and my RSS reader and asked, “What should people at least experience?” A few caveats: it is by no means exclusive, or complete.
In fact, we discussed names that could be added to it: Jim Wallis, Phyllis Tickle. And for those who had not had their religious funny bones appropriately tickled: Lamb by Christopher Moore and Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
So, what authors or books did I miss?