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Something Snapped

I'm not racist. Neither are most of the white people I know. But finally, at long last, I'm starting to have an inkling that, given our nation's history and track record (ugh. No pun intended), being "not racist" needs to be a little more proactive and intentional than being passive and "nice," having brown friends,… Continue reading Something Snapped

Lament, questions

The Awful Truth

It's now two and a half weeks since we gave Oscar his frankly horrible send-off, I'm back to work so I've run out of time to write much other than sermons, and yet I'm still grieving, so thanks for continuing to sit here with me for a bit. By this point, I now also have… Continue reading The Awful Truth

Family, Miscellaneous and Probably Apologetic

Deathbed Confession

Less than a week ago I was preaching about how Jesus Christ conquered death and how that in fact has changed everything--both in the here and now, and in the not yet. The next morning I had my dog euthanized. I still believe every word I said on Sunday, but the fact that a whole… Continue reading Deathbed Confession

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Just Beastly

Long for a blogpost, I’m reblogging this anyway, from my older blog. This is a paper I wrote for a CS Lewis class I took in 3rd Seminary, which outlines my understanding of Lewis’ theology of animals, as well as my growing theology of animals at the time. It also has a sweet little illustration based on Oscar at the end, as well as a mention of my childhood dog, Chippy.

That's a Jenn Story

Here’s an even longer paper from last spring–a class on C.S. Lewis. I meant to post this yesterday, and forgot, but that’s okay, because this post contains memories, w‘s,family stories,and theology, and since it’s super-long, but I haven’t been posting much lately, you can just count it as all the rest of the posts for this month. You’re welcome.

JUST BEASTLY
Animals and the Theme of Creation in the Writings of C.S. Lewis

Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements ofHS 772 The Ancient Future Lewis

ByJennifer A. G. Layte

May 2014

When I was a child we had a black cocker spaniel named Chocolate Chip. He was sweet and stupid, and maybe we were, too, because although we loved him dearly, we didn’t do it very well. Lots of accidental but horrific things happened to Chippy, some of which we couldn’t have prevented, but some of which…

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Family

The Expected Unexpected

Earlier this year, I was all excited about life-trellises, or rules of life. I was excited because life was finally getting manageable; I had two jobs (church and this here Pilgrimage) and they were both finally fitting into the appropriate number of activities for the appropriate number of hours and people were still being cared… Continue reading The Expected Unexpected