The Sewing Room: Uncommon Reflections on Life, Love and Work

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Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is among the first women ordained to the Episcopal priesthood, in which capacity she has ministered in both the richest and poorest sections of New York City. She is also a sensitive writer who addresses the human condition with plainspoken eloquence and bracing moral common sense. Cynthia Ozick writes, "The Reverend Crafton's purity of insight and pellucid voice suggest transparencies - one sees straight through them into the unshielded light of the plainest human truths. A shelf is ...
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Overview

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is among the first women ordained to the Episcopal priesthood, in which capacity she has ministered in both the richest and poorest sections of New York City. She is also a sensitive writer who addresses the human condition with plainspoken eloquence and bracing moral common sense. Cynthia Ozick writes, "The Reverend Crafton's purity of insight and pellucid voice suggest transparencies - one sees straight through them into the unshielded light of the plainest human truths. A shelf is dusted, a grandmother's sewing machine is recalled, mothers and fathers are praised and appraised, a lost child is mourned - and the weave of our lives is movingly unwound, ribbon by ribbon, until our hands are filled with rosiness and rue. Upon small moments large mercies are shed. Barbara Crafton's essays are everyone's heirlooms." These rich, moving essays will be read again and again.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This collection of reflective essays reveals the many-sided life of a pioneering female Episcopal minister. Currently on staff at the Seaman's Church Institute in New York City, Crafton is a wife, mother and grandmother whose ministry has taken her to comfortable suburban and large urban parishes as well as to the waterfront. The essays, ``a string of people's moments,'' illuminate these phases of her life as Crafton ruminates on the human condition and the passage of time. In a book that ranges widely--from homelessness to a remarried parent--two especially compelling essays on dying stand out. ``To Be or Not to Be'' weighs the death with dignity/death with technology impasse, emphasizing the great desire for life. ``If I Should Die Before I Wake'' urges acceptance of the inevitable, which frees people to live in the moment. Expressing an ecumenical and gently feminist sensibility, Crafton touches on important human concerns with light grace and common sense. (Feb.)
Library Journal
This collection of about 40 simple but profound short essays are reflections on human experience by an Episcopal priest and mother who has been a port chaplain at the New York Seamen's Church Institute as well as a priest at Trinity Church on Wall Street. Often, her essays quietly deal with conflict between her feminist politics--which, as the title essay explains, led her to denigrate her grandmother's sewing accomplishments--and her awareness of life's brevity and the creativity she needs to express--via sewing. Other essays include ``My Mother and I Have Gotten Along Really Well Since She Died'' and ``Ted Who Has AIDS.'' Highly recommended for public and church libraries.
Alice Joyce
Crafton is an Episcopal priest known to many readers for her magazine essays and newspaper columns. As a writer she draws on a myriad of family relationships, as well as experiences as a former port chaplain and as a minister to New York City's Seaport Chapel congregation. From recounting personal ordeals to day-to-day encounters with the homeless and AIDS patients, her reflections are thoughtful and uplifting. Even when speaking of death or illness, her attitude is radiantly life-affirming. The rich diversity of her life, while contributing to her own humanity, has enhanced her ability to communicate with and inspire others, and enrich their lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670841134
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

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