Friday, September 14, 2007

The Interview

Thanks to Jiff for the interview questions! Here we go...

1. I remember that you and D are big movie fans. What movie have you seen recently that you really enjoyed. Are you looking forward to any of the new films?

The last movie we saw, just this week in fact, was "3:10 to Yuma." Western remake with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. Bale's performance was especially good. D and I both liked it (in the sense that it was entertaining and thought provoking), but neither of us thought it was a 'great' movie. I don't think I've seen a 'great' movie in the theaters for a LONG time.

Looking forward to another movie about Elizabeth I. D tells me it will be out this Fall sometime. "Elizabeth" was a wonderful movie, unexpectedly dark and very powerful. I hope this new one, which is again starring Cate Blanchett, is equally good.

2. Tell us about your name. Is there a story behind why you were named Katherine Elizabeth?

I had two aunts named Katherine, plus my mom's middle name was Elizabeth. I'd say it was a family name, but my mother told me once that she chose Katherine Elizabeth for no other reason than she liked both of those names.

When I was little my name was Katy. I changed it to Kathy in 7th grade, and to Katherine when I started work after college. I guess I've been trying to find my true identity my whole life long!

3. I’ve loved reading about your faith journey. What advice would you offer someone who is wondering how to begin to pen her/his own faith journey?

I wrote a spiritual autobiography when I started seminary. I organized it around the themes of Home, Power and Justice, and something I called The Size of Christianity, which was about my movement from a narrow to a broader view of Christianity over the years. I re-read that paper before I starting writing my faith journey here on the blog. Of course it was too long, but I also didn't like those categories any more. So I just took it chronologically and started writing. I guess my advice would be--if you can do both, that might be good. I mean, chronologically but within certain themes that recur through the years.

4. Do you have some favorite hymns? Tell us why they’re special to you!

"Here I Am, Lord"--we sang this at my ordination. It rarely fails to awaken my passion for ministry.

"Be Thou My Vision"--If I can keep God in my line of vision, I'll see reality. If I can stay aware of Christ, then no matter the circumstance I can be grateful and loving. Oh, I love this hymn!

Communion hymns like "When You Do This, Remember Me," "Seed, Scattered and Sown," "One Bread, One Body," "Come, Share the Lord," "Eat this Bread" (Taize), "You Satisfy the Hungry Heart." These hymns often help me experience Christ at the table. They are wonderful!

5. Gratitude time…. Can you name five reasons for being grateful?

Oh, goodness, only five? :-) Hmmm....Well, the gift of life itself, the gift of my husband, the gift of wonderful family and friends, the gift of knowing and living out my vocation in life, and .... number five--I'll say the gift of suffering. I've known God through joy and nature and study and other people, but it's been through suffering that my faith has really blossomed.

And the bonus question, passed along from RevDr.Kate: Is there a question you've always wanted someone to ask you but it's never been asked? If so, what is it and what is your response?

I can't think of one...probably something like "How did you get so skinny?" but the response would baffle me! :-)

And the “mandatory rules”:
1. If you are interested in being interviewed, leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by posting five questions for you. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with a post containing your answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Yes, let me know if YOU want to be interviewed!

Thanks, Jiff! (is there a story behind your name, by the way?)


mompriest said...

Love your hymn choices. And, I agree about the movie Elizabeth I, I really hope this second one has the same depth, darkness, and insight as the first one.

(Oh, and I started that bonus question, so it's really fun to see how it's become a part of the meme!!!)...

Jiff said...

Great answers! I knew it would be fun and helpful to hear all of your answers.
My name is a nickname-- my given name is Jennifer, but way back when my junior high earth science teacher called the roll on the first day of school and asked if anyone ever called me Jiff. No one had, but they did for many years later. Noone does anymore, except my blogging friends!

Katherine E. said...

Oops. Sorry 'bout that, mompriest. I guess it went from YOU to Kate to Jan to Jiff to me.

Thanks again for the questions, Jiff, aka Jennifer.

Diane said...

I like the "broader view of christianity" journey....

Jan said...

I loved reading your answers, Katherine. Thanks. I liked hearing about your name, as well as Jiff's! Your hymns are lovely, and I was wondering about the Yuma movie. . .

Gannet Girl said...

I love your idea of writing your spiritual biography thematically.