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If you could do what you've always wanted to do, what would it be?

Like many clergy, one of the things I like to do is read the books of (and listen to the CD's or podcasts of) authors who write about prayer, the Bible, and our relationship with God. Unlike many clergy - or at least unlike most any other Episcopal clergy I know - I am frequently drawn, in my reading, to several authors who are a bit outside the mainstream. People like Graham Cooke and Julia Cameron and James Martin, S.J. and William Barry, S.J. and Peter Rollins .   I don't agree with 100% (or even 50%) of what these authors write, and in fact many of their theological stances are far away from my own. But that's part of their attraction: their writing and speaking is, at least to me, a breath of fresh air. They challenge not only my opinions, but my whole world-view. By contrast, so much of what's out there in mainstream Protestantism seems all the same: carefully rational, and predictably social-liberal (or social-conservative) agenda-driven