An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
Well, it had been brewing for awhile now and I was to some degree anticipating having to confront it. In January our lead scientist (my boss) went instead of me because I would not miss Rade's wedding. I knew she would expect me to go this time.
So a three week trip to Uganda awaits me. Now I know that many of you are saying: "Oh my goodness James what an awesome opportunity! A free trip to Uganda!!!" And yes, truly, it is an amazing opportunity that I would never have otherwise...but you see I am a bit of a homedbody I guess. For those who are single or have no kids or are "career minded" then it would no doubt be a very exciting thing. But for me...well 3 weeks is a long time to be away from home and my family.
It's odd to see the surprise in people's eyes when I do not ooze with enthusiasm for this trip. I guess I really am becoming a dinosaur in that I'm more inclined not to miss three weeks with my family and my farm that to "advance my career" and "have an adventure."
So why am I going? First and foremost, my wife has given her blessing. Secondly it would appear for a variety of reasons that I was the only person qualified to do this and that many many people were holding their collective breath waiting for my decision. Thirdly, the work we are doing in Uganda is truly a noble endeavor (I'll blog details later) and it is for this cause rather than for "career advancement" or "adventure" that I will get on that plane in a couple months.
Also I've emailed the OCMC Missionaries in Uganda to see if I might be able to lend a hand in someway while I am there.