Celebrity Blogger Week: Laurie Brock

In Laurie Brock’s case, the “horse you rode in on” has a name. And that name is Nina. She is the only Celebrity Blogger that owns a horse. Though on more than one occasion a member of the SEC has been likened to the back end of such an animal.

The Rev. Laurie Brock

The Rev. Laurie Brock is a returning Celebrity Blogger because she loves getting free coffee mugs and receiving celebrity red carpet treatment at Episcopal gatherings. One of those things may not be entirely accurate. She serves as the rector of St. Michael the Archangel Episcopal Church in Lexington, Kentucky. She blogs at Dirty Sexy Ministry, is the co-author of Where God Hides Holiness: Thoughts on Grief, Joy and the Search for Fabulous Heels (Church Publishing), and is also a contributor to a forthcoming book about the real lives of women clergy. A reality series on E! is surely coming soon. She is also the creative force behind Fifty Days of Fabulous from Forward Movement. She frequently shares her quirky, snarky views on faith, Alabama football,and popular culture on Twitter at @drtysxyministry, but don’t follow unless you can laugh at yourself and your religion. Otherwise, you’ll just be offended. When she’s not doing priest things, she is riding her horse Nina, the Official Horse of Lent Madness.

What do you most love about the extraordinary honor of being a Celebrity Blogger (besides global adulation)?
I love that I never have to wait in line at the most famous restaurants and attended last year’s Oscars as a VIP! And the guest spot as zombie number 7 on The Walking Dead! Wow!

Well, not really. None of that really happens if you’re a Celebrity Blogger, although occasionally I get recognized at church functions as “One of those people who writes for that thing.”

Being part of a community that engages the stories of the saints and all their foibles and accomplishments is quite rewarding. My Celebrity Blogger responsibilities require I dig into the lives of the saints in a way my day-to-day ministry doesn’t generally allow. The saints of the church were very real people whose lives are far more complex and dimensioned than the one page hagiographies we get in Lesser Feasts and Fasts or many of the other lives of the saints books available. I hope Celebrity Bloggers are able to share some of that dimension and invite our Lent Madness followers to appreciate the examples of inspiring, unsettling, quirky, and amazing faith our saints give us in the sermons that are their lives.

What is the quirkiest thing you’ve learned about one of your saints and how does this inspire your faith?unnamed
While it’s not exactly quirky, both Teresa of Avila and Francis of Assisi were quite the rebellious teenagers who would most certainly not have been voted most spiritual or most likely to become a saint by their high school classmates. They remind me that God is never finished with us, that as long as we are breathing, God can work with all the aspects of our lives for God’s will to be done, even (and maybe even especially) the questionable, imperfect, and messy parts of our lives. As one of the other saints in this madness is quoted — God rides the lame horse and carves the rotten wood. Indeed. And thanks be to God for that.

Downton Abbey or The Walking Dead and why?
The Walking Dead. Zombies. Great stories. Daryl Dixon. And a fierce woman who isn’t afraid to use her katana.

Besides Lent Madness, what do you most look forward to in the season of Lent?
The usual online arguments between clergy about the appropriate colors for Lent — purple or oxblood and unbleached linen — and whether or not baptism during Lent is appropriate. And new episodes of The Walking Dead. And the communal journey as we prepare for Easter in prayer and spiritual discipline. That, too.

SEC Note: Since she’s from the south, Laurie is genetically disposed to snake handling. Please don’t try this at home, kids. The SEC would prefer not to get sued when things go horribly wrong.

12 Comments to "Celebrity Blogger Week: Laurie Brock"

  1. Mike Spring's Gravatar Mike Spring
    February 13, 2015 - 8:13 am | Permalink

    Episcopalians have rules about snake handling; never handle a snake unless you were introduced by your parents, or close personal friends of your parents.

  2. Tom Van Brunt's Gravatar Tom Van Brunt
    February 13, 2015 - 8:16 am | Permalink

    I liked the snake picture. When I was first ordained in the Diocese of Lexington, Bishop Wimberly sent me so far into Eastern Kentucky that even the Episcopalians handled snakes.

  3. Peg S.'s Gravatar Peg S.
    February 13, 2015 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    Doesn’t the dowager duchess have a katana hidden in her walking stick?

  4. Carol Ann Webb's Gravatar Carol Ann Webb
    February 13, 2015 - 8:45 am | Permalink

    I love the quote from Martin Luther: God rides the lame horse and carves the rotten wood. Just what I needed to hear today.

  5. Jennifer B-C Seaver's Gravatar Jennifer B-C Seaver
    February 13, 2015 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    I love the idea that God is never finished with us.

  6. February 13, 2015 - 9:50 am | Permalink

    I wish you city folk would quit whining about our snakes. At least nobody sleeps in church.

  7. peter fluchere's Gravatar peter fluchere
    February 13, 2015 - 9:57 am | Permalink

    Good. I like the “messy” part. Life just isn’t clean acolyte’s robes all the time.
    Do you need a St John the Divine NY Cathedral mug?
    Blessed banal.

  8. Laurie B.'s Gravatar Laurie B.
    February 13, 2015 - 10:00 am | Permalink

    I always need more coffee mugs! And I have many wonderful memories of St. John the Divine’s Evensongs from my seminary days.

    • February 13, 2015 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

      my 2 favorite saints are Theresa of Avila and St. Francis…thank u Laurie B. loved your comments and the work u do…thank u and God Bless

    • February 13, 2015 - 5:13 pm | Permalink

      St.John the Divine……always worth a trip “uptown” I remember when the Italian stonemasons came and the stone yard wrapped around a part of the property. It was glorious and there were plans to “finish” the cathedral.” But that was many years ago.

      I want to know more about Laurie’s horse. What the horse taught Laurie….I am a forever horse lover…..

  9. Carol Anderson's Gravatar Carol Anderson
    February 13, 2015 - 10:12 am | Permalink

    A hearty welcome to the celebrity blogger position and War Eagle!

  10. Nina Nicholson's Gravatar Nina Nicholson
    February 13, 2015 - 5:02 pm | Permalink

    OK, I have to ask: is the horse’s name pronounced NIGH-na (like me) or NEE-na (which really should be spelled Nena)?

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