Celebrity Blogger Week continues at Lent Madness with a profile of veteran CB Penny Nash. While Penny is an actual priest serving in Colonial Williamsburg, we assume she regularly gets mistaken for a period actor. It’s not true that she moonlights as a blacksmith.
The Rev. Penny Nash, one of the four original Celebrity Bloggers, is still somewhat amazed that she is the associate rector at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in downtown Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. When people ask her what women priests wore in the Colonial Era, her response is “Pants.” Before her move to the Commonwealth, she served in the Diocese of Atlanta (GA), where some of her family, including Miss Kitty, still live – so, you may run into her at an airport or along the interstate. She is one of the contributors to Hungry, and You Fed Me, a collection of homilies for Year C, and Letters to Me: Conversations with a Younger Self, a collection of essays for young adults. Known in the social media world as Penelopepiscopal, Penny posts prayers or reflections, accompanied by her own photography, daily at her blog One Cannot Have Too Large a Party. Friend her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @penelopepiscopl.
How long have you been a Celebrity Blogger? What do you like about doing this or what have you learned along the way?
As one of the original Celebrity Bloggers, this is my third year here at Lent Madness. I’m a big fan of church social media, and I get all geeked out about the community that has been built and is growing around Lent Madness. Plus, it gives me more people to play with, both IRL (in real life) and online. It was because of our work together at Lent Madness that now-retired Celebrity Blogger Meredith Gould asked me to be in her wedding in 2011.
What should the the LM faithful know about you? (quirks, interests, hobbies, etc.)
I am an avid beachologist. I like to walk for many miles along ocean beaches, particularly national wildlife refuges or national seashores, to watch and photographwildlife and collect shells. The advanced practice of beachology also includes snorkeling, kayaking in tidal marshes (only in a double boat with someone else paddling, so perhaps that’s called “being kayaked”), bike-riding on islands with flat beachside roads, having a relative with a beach house, traveling to other states and even other countries to check out their beaches, and eating seafood.