Saturday, July 12, 2008

Arte y Pico award

Two days ago Ruth of Ruth's Visions and Revisions bestowed the Arte y Pico award on five bloggers, including me. This award is given to blogs who "deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language." I'm honored that Ruth listed me among her honorees; her blog is one I read every day. Ruth is a gifted writer; she has the courage and insight necessary to see into places that many wouldn't dare to venture, and she uses those tools in ways that are both thought-provoking and lovely. Please go and see for yourself!
Here are the rules of the award:

1) Pick five (5) blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.

2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.

4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award which is here: "Arte y Pico".

May I have the envelope, please?

Actually, each of these five people has been an inspiration to me in some my own blog, in my ministry, and in my spiritual life. I thank them and I'm pleased to honor them in this small way. My choices for the Arte y Pico award are:

1) Grace Unfolding: more than just a blog, it's a haven. It's a beautifully designed page whose evolution I've watched for almost a decade. Anita is a pastor and a partnered lesbian who has created a ministry for GLBTQ Christian folks. When she started this, online resources for this community were scarce, and she has created a lovely gathering space there. Whatever your orientation, there's beauty and grace to be found at Grace Unfolding.

2) Closeted Pastor: the visual design is very simple, and that's appropriate. Complexity would draw focus from Cecilia's courage, pastoral heart and searing honesty. When confronted with opposing and sometimes hostile viewpoints, she stays engaged in conversation in a way that builds trust and elevates discourse. I'm proud to call her my friend.

3) Don't Eat Alone: the blog that got me started. Milton is a former pastor, current chef, and beautiful soul. His art is in the blend of his spirituality, cooking, music-making and poetry. It's never clear what you'll find there on a given day, but I promise you, it will be tasty and gorgeous.

4) Velveteen Rabbi: Rachel is a poet and rabbinical student who offers Torah portions and stunning poetry, along with a glimpse into a world I don't often see. Well worth a trip.

5) Real Live Preacher: Gordon is that rarest of birds, a progressive Texan Baptist. His pithy, easy-on-the-ears preaching is...well, the man is gifted. Words fail me. He's often a source of discussion within my church staff. Go see why.

Thank you to each of you, and to you, Ruth. Blessings!


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Ah, more blogs to read. Cecilia's is the only one I know. I think I'll check them out tomorrow.

The award looks really nice with your blog color scheme! And it is well deserved.

FranIAm said...

Brava- well deserved!!!

And off to read the other blogs, like Ruth, I only know Cecilia. (who I love!)

Cecilia said...

Dear friend, I am so honored. Thank you. I don't know what to say.

Pax, C.

Diane said...

Milton got you started? I've been reading him, off and on, and I do love his writing.

Choralgirl said...

C--you bet, girlfriend. :-)

Diane--yeah, Milton was the reason I started blogging. His eclectic-but-always-beautiful writing always makes me think, pray, smile, remember to be grateful for small things. He feeds more than stomachs, I think!

Jan said...

Lovely! Congratulations! I know Cecilia, but not the others, and so am off to visit. They must be special, because you are.

Diane Vogel Ferri said...

Congrats! Ruth bestowed the honor on me as well. I really like your blog and will add it to my faves. I am a lifelong choral singer - for many years with the Cleveland Orchestra chorus, and always at church.