Hey folks...as Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant once sang, "it's been a long time, been a long time, been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time." Or as Pink Floyd, reverb-drenched and melancholy, once asked: "Hello...? Is there anybody in there...? Just [comment] if you can hear me! Is there anyone home?"
Okay, enough with the classic rock references. This is meant to be an update, and a bit of a "help me figure out what the next step should be" kind of deal.
I've been pretty AWOL lately finishing up my doctoral dissertation (which, if you're interested, was unconditionally accepted by my examiners earlier this month, making me Brannon Hancock PhD, it would seem), and as has happened through several seasons in the past (coinciding with births of children, relocations, taking a new job, etc) has led to the mothballing of this fair blog. Several of you have contacted me privately and encouraged me to stoke the fires back up - and I *so* appreciate those nudges that remind me that there's an interest and a need and a community that needs pulled back together a bit - so the first thing is, I'm trying to see if there are any glowing embers left, or if it's time for more of a new (yet continuous) endeavor of some kind.
I recently registered the domains sanctifyingworship.com and sacramentality.com - the former with a mind to migrate this blog over to a unique (and catchy!) domain and begin to figure out how to add more content to the site, especially in terms of liturgical resources and ways of allowing folks to share information and materials. sacramentality.com is one I'll probably hold on to for personal use (my thesis title was "The Scandal of Sacramentality: The Eucharist in Literary and Theological Perspectives"), either as I pursue publication of the manuscript or other as-yet-undreamed ventures.
Any thoughts about this? (Anybody out there with mad Word Press site design skills?) Any other thoughts rattling around? The M11 Conference is in February - anybody have an "in" with the organizers? Could we get some kind of formal session on sacramental worship or bringing contemporary and liturgical elements together for worship? I have no idea who's in charge of that or how to propose something. If nothing else, we can have an informal meeting of any attendees who gather round these parts. Probably need to find a way to better leverage the facebook group as well.
Would love to hear your thoughts as we move forward.