Pulpit of First UU NashvilleAs some of you have noticed, I haven’t updated Faith and Web in several weeks. What’s worse, I’ve barely kept up with other blogs. Worst of all, I haven’t even been to church. Put simply, there hasn’t been time. This morning, however, I was back in our gorgeous sanctuary. It’s a new day.

And what a service to return to…. The Wicked and the Good, featured the Rev. Gail Seavey, Marguerite Mills (Director of Religious Education), Jason Shelton (Director of Music), the children’s choir, the adult choir and many good-humored others, singing songs from the musical “Wicked” and parsing how we can tell who is doing good and who isn’t. “A hint: you can’t always tell by looking.” It was one of those services I’ll remember the rest of my life.

Now, a few hours later, I’m mostly recovered and delighted to also have time to blog. I’ll do the obvious, and reflect about my gap in posts as well as what it means for the future. One aside: at church I was comforted to learn that lately many of us have been busy in a way we aren’t used to. It’s good to know I’m not alone.

Speaking for me, most of the changes are evanescent. For example, we’re remodeling our home office. This has long been a dream of mine – to give the room that houses our computers more light, plus a view of our backyard. However, with the construction my beloved old eMac went offline.

A few of the changes, though, are large and of lasting consequence. In particular, my job responsibilities have expanded. I’ve been named a leader of the organization I work for. As you might imagine, I feel deeply honored and absolutely thrilled (even a little stunned). But more importantly, this signifies a shift in understanding of the Web – both what it is and what it means to my organization.

It’s not just a shift in understanding for the executives. It’s also a shift for me. I believe that this blog is part of it. Blogging has helped me look at my work in some new ways. It’s one thing to talk about and build Web 2.0. It’s a whole other thing to actually live it.

Today, as I catch my breath, I’m looking at my priorities. I realize they’ve changed. The priorities I understand look something like this:

1. Love my family and dearest friends. In the end they are what matters most.

2. Do the best job at work I possibly can. I must live up to the trust in web leadership that has been invested in me.

3. Love my church. Unlike many people, I am blessed to be a part of an amazingly vibrant, yet truthful, congregation. Over and over, it helps me discover a better self. As they sang this morning:

“We are led to those who help us most to grow
If we let them and we help them in return.
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you:
I have been changed for good.”

Looking at this list, I’m also aware that there are some missing priorities. In particular, I don’t know where blogging fits. Is it priority number four? Or is it woven into two and three? I suspect the latter, but have a confession to make.

When I began this blog, my real goal was to consider writing a book about building excellent church websites. Specifically I planned to blog until the New Year and then regroup. If still interested, I was going to spend my down time during the last week of the year exploring publishers. That decision is now made — at least for the foreseeable future.

However, it turns out I love blogging in and of itself. So I wonder if there is a way I can write meaningful but short and occasional blog entries? Many of the blogs I read do this very well. While that’s not been my style, perhaps I can figure out a way to do this? Or perhaps I will have more days like today where time unexpectedly opens up and I can again write something more substantial.

I don’t know what my blogging tempo will be in days to come, but I do know that it’s a wonderful adventure, that I have much to say, and that church websites are well worth loving too.