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  1. For a long time various people have told me that I would make a good minister/priest. I have always laughed it off and sincerely told them that I have no such wish and that an outer calling is not enough. And this was the truth, for most of my life I have not had even a small calling to go down that route but now for about six months I have started to feel that maybe this is not as outlandish as it once seemed. I would not say that I long to be a priest but I think that god would not be disatisfied with me making this decision. I belong to a very liberal Lutheran church that obviously allows for priests of all sexes but it is not as easy as just studying theology and ask to be hired. To become one I would first need to be officially confirmed. I was not a believer for most of my teen years so I didn't do this then when it is more often done in my church. I might be able to find a priest that is willing to let me do the ceremony without having to take a lot of classes since I am quite knowledgeble about the faith of my church but if they insist on classes I think it will take about 6 months. I would also try to see if I can get myself more involved in church too as I have read that to be accepted as a candidate to become a priest such things are a merit and I would not dislike doing that. If I am going to do it I will have to get myself enrolled in the theological program at the university and study a lot. I most likely would need to get another 6-8 semesters at the university so it is not a small thing I would embark on. I have a job so it would have to be all at distance too. I think you understand why one part of me is screaming "crazy crazy" right now. During this time I would also have to try to complete a number of weeks of work training with the church as well as some other church courses and somewhere in there also ask for the bishop's permission to become a candidate. If he/she says no I am fucked for 5 years since I cannot ask for ordination for another 5 years if rejected. If I complete all of this I still would have another year of school where I would have to be away from my family quite a lot before I could be ordained. I would not be a Jeremy-style minister as you can see, it is a life changing commitment if I take the plunge. My current plan is: 1. Confirmation and a talk with a priest or deacon 2. Enroll in the religious program at the university and try to study and keep a full time or near full time job. If I after having tried it out for a semester or two still feel the same way I will go forward with an application to the bishop. If I have changed my mind by then I can still add another subject to my teacher's certificate so I would not be wasting my time. If I would get accepted as a candidate I would then have 8 years to complete my remaining studies and be ordained. I don't know where to begin talking about this so this is why I start here. Any thoughts or support is welcomed. If you do not believe in women as priest please shut up about that particular view I am not interested in discussing this in this thread at least. Questions are allowed too. I am overwelmed by this and perhaps I haven't been too elegant in my writing and perhaps I have left out some important detail but be kind, if this will happen my whole life would change as this is not just a job but a life-long committment.
  2. Hi guys, I'm kind of at my wit's end. I'm studying one class at a time and the end is nowhere in sight. I'm physically disabled and have mental health issues that prevent me from working but I don't want to sit here doing nothing with my life. I've always loved to write, and I've always done well academically with all facets of writing so I was thinking maybe I could hone my skills online and maybe see if I can eventually make it into a job on a small scale. It wouldn't have to pay, I'd just like to write somewhere and build up a portfolio with non-paying samples of published work so I can one day and apply for paying jobs. I just have absolutely no idea how to go about it. I love creative writing but haven't done it in years. I'm probably better suited to writing articles than short stories (I would need to work on my creative writing with peers reviewing my work, whereas I get feedback all the time from my university about my papers). Writing is such a competitive and over-saturated field online but I'm not looking to become a blogger or work for big sites. I'm not even looking for a job that pays. Any ideas on how I can go about this? I know I need sample work, but I have no idea what constitutes a sample.
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