Hi everybody! Welcome to our little adventure in blogging. We'll see where this goes.
We're two single early-career academics. We're from two different
traditions of protestant Christianity. We are both, to varying degrees,
Academia is isolating, being single in a couples' world is isolating.
As two independent, intelligent women, we've periodically felt isolated
in our churches as well. This blog emerged out of our own frustration
at that isolation. It is an attempt to cut through that fog, to share
our heartbreaks, anger, and joy with each other and with you. We do
plenty of serious, reasoned writing in our day jobs; what's here is
intentionally casual. Respectful, kind dialogue is welcome; dismissive
or rude comments are not, and will be ruthlessly spiked.
We like Cole Porter, and the name is a reference to his song "Begin the
Beguine." But the beguines were lay women who desired to live a holy
life in the midst of growing urbanization in the late twelfth century.
By the thirteenth century, communities of women who were dedicated to
prayer, contemplation, and work in the world were being established
throughout western Europe, particularly in the Low Countries. The women
lived in small individual houses which together made up the béguinage.