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Felicity Wright ...

... is a mother, writer, and minister who delights in helping people translate spiritual truths into everyday realities, without the outmoded creeds and hurtful dogmas of the past. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she is affectionately known as "the other Reverend Wright." She is senior pastor of The Park Church in Elmira, NY, considered the first institutional church in America and the worship home of Thomas K. Beecher, the Langdon Family, and oft-visitor Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain).

Parish ministry is her sixth career. She was previously a researcher for a public interest group, mid-level manager in state government, freelance journalist and consultant, managing editor for a national trade magazine, and manager and developer of corporate training programs. Her call to ministry has two complementary modalities: as pastor, to serve her parishioners and neighbors; as writer, to inform and inspire those who consider themselves seekers.

She believes that God is experienced rather than understood, and that doubt is to belief as dissent is to democracy -- to have the latter without the former is sham. The important thing is the journey, not the destination, and it is most joyful when we travel together, with all of our differences and uncertainties

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In God We Tryst 

 

Rev. Wright summarizes her memoir: Cheap wine, dirty feet, and a fire-breathing Baptist preacher were the Trinity that set me on a spiritual odyssey, where I experienced bigamy, divorce, and the death of two infant children before emerging from the wasteland to pastor a progressive church.   After wrestling with angels, doubts, and demons for half a century, I finally cried “uncle” and discovered the serenity and joy that come with faith.

In God We Tryst is the 80,000-word travelogue of that journey. Literary agent Elizabeth Pomada is currently circulating it to major publishers. 

 

In the quest to discern hidden faults or divine purpose underlying apparent tragedy, the author learned that the road to peace requires two ingredients: the unseen hand of God and a good sense of humor. One of the “evangelists” is a smart-alecky bird named Goober; as half phoenix and half heron, he cavorts between the natural and imaginary worlds.    

Although written by a Christian, the book will appeal to believers in other faiths and be a guide for all who lack the courage or bounce to take a full "leap of faith." The book was written in hopes that readers will cry and laugh, and come away sanctified. More information and a sample chapter can be found at here .

Other works:

 

“In the Supreme Court of the Universe: Paul v James” is a farcical one-act play suitable for use as readers’ theatre or liturgical drama.   In it, St. Paul sues St. James for slander on the grounds of justification by faith or works.   Other characters include St. Peter as Chief Justice, Gabriel as the bailiff, and the three members of the Trinity as the jury panel (who schmooze among themselves).    Martin Luther represents Paul while Martin Luther King, Jr. defends James.   The two expert witnesses are Ludwig Wittgenstein and Elsa Tamez, a South American theologian.   Laugh-out-loud funny, it handles a serious topic with solid scholarship and keen insights. 

 

The author is working on a collection of both whimsical and serious essays entitled Of Spiders and Shepherds: Musings on Divine and Human Power.  One essay likens God to a spider using images from E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, the “noiseless, patient spider” of Walt Whitman, and the sometimes-exquisite-sometimes-ghoulish fiend of Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”  Another connects the 23rd Psalm
with modern teaching on non-violent communication, showing the radical nature of God’s tender care.