Finally! A newly-minted Celebrity Blogger to introduce. We’re excited to add Marcus Halley to the Lent Madness team this year. Sure, Minnesota is now over-represented (cough…David Creech…cough) but can you really ever have too much tuna fish casserole?
In other news, for your pre-Lenten reading pleasure, here’s a rare, behind-the-scenes Q & A with Lent Madness creator Tim Schenck. Among other tidbits, learn which Celebrity Bloggers cause him to lose sleep with their loosely held definition of “deadline.”
The Rev. Marcus Halley is an Episcopal priest and rector of Saint Paul’s Church on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A native North Carolinian, Marcus previously served as Pastor for Young Adults and Families at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri in the Diocese of West Missouri. He is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, NC), the Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, GA), and the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee, TN.) Prior to ordination as an Episcopal priest, Fr. Marcus served as a pastoral resident at Emory University Hospital – Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia. This is his first year as a Celebrity Blogger.
I want to exercise my priestly prerogatives conveyed to me via an obscure rubric in a Prayer Book only I have access to and answer this question twice. First, I would have dinner with Michael the Archangel because, I mean, wouldn’t you? He’s an ANGEL! Like, that is literally what he was created as. I’d love to sit down with him and ask him what it feels like to be the hitman/henchman/bodyguard of the Most High. That’s got to be a hard job.
In actuality, I’d love to share a meal with Benedict. He initiated a revival of faith and spirituality in a world not unlike our own — increasingly secular and sectarian. I’d love to talk with him about how he did it. I am deeply interested in how a world going up in flames can be the catalyst of renewal.