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  •  I was very, very fortunate to spend two summers (12+ / 0-)

    in high school as a volunteer teacher at St. Edward the Martyr in Harlem. That experience permanently recalibrated my notions of what was sufficient and what was a luxury. My father worked on Wall Street as an analyst and tried three times to get me to do that too - my knowledge as a scientist would have commanded a considerable premium. I can't claim any virtue at all for turning that down - pursuing science and teaching was just where my heart was turned, but it did mean a considerably smaller income.

    I sometimes point out to folks in the diocese that my husband, whose faith is in gardening, is probably one of the largest contributors to the diocese as he has totally supported my choice to serve largely as a non-stipendiary - the difference in income could be seen as his gift to the church.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Sun Aug 11, 2013 at 07:33:13 PM PDT

    •  blessings on anyone who serves non-stipe (9+ / 0-)

      the difference in income is a gift to the parish as far as I am concerned.

      too bad the IRS does not see it that way

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      by TrueBlueMajority on Sun Aug 11, 2013 at 08:29:10 PM PDT

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    •  I pledge to St. Luke's, where I am a member (5+ / 0-)

      (Terun did too, and meticulously worked out just how much we could pledge and made it hurt just a little--he taught me just how to do that for which the Cathedral and I am grateful) but I maintain a strict ban for myself on ever being a member of a parish I serve on staff. I guess it's kind of an Episcopalian thing, because many priests and musicians do the same as I do.

      But I find other things to give them that I'm not paid to do. They understand which way the money flows, but are often delighted to see in-kind donations in unexpected ways.

      [There is a good reason not to be a voting member of a congregation one serves]

      I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

      by commonmass on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 07:20:16 AM PDT

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      •  Very smart (0+ / 0-)

        those dual relationships can be seriously problematic.

        Plus, if you have a problem with work, it may interfere with your spiritual life and vice versa.

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