Unorthodox and Unhinged

Tales of a Manic Christian

Unorthodox and Unhinged: Tales of a Manic Christian


Unorthodox. I have been twenty-five years an ordained Episcopal priest. I am catholic with a lower case “c”. I am a parochial school girl but of the rebellious kind. My Jesuit educated father gifted me with an insatiable curiosity. I grew up asking questions of all kinds, many the good sisters did not appreciate. At Immaculata Preparatory School, Sister Mary Clare took me aside one day and told me to stop because I was confusing the other girls. She told me (and I quote) “Joani, you are gifted intellectually but retarded spiritually”. Needless to say I became a philosophy major at Catholic U and shortly thereafter an Anglican. Anglicans are forever asking questions. And I am one.

Unhinged. I have been 16 years certifiably crazy. I say this with great affection. Bipolar disorder is the gift that keeps giving in my family and I got the gift. To be balanced and Bipolar is actually a great gift. As my life has expanded and shrunk, I have experienced God’s world with an intensity I don’t believe otherwise possible. Balance is an art I have to practice every day. Sometimes better than others.

In this little blog I want to share with you stories of a manic Christian. Maybe along the way the tales I tell will remind you of some of your own and maybe, just maybe, speak a little bit to your soul.

Unorthodox and Unhinged, here I go.

Author: celticjlp

Episcopal priest, balanced and bipolar. "Associate for Liturgy & Hilarity" @EEC. Bibliomaniac desk jockey and docent at Library of Congress. Washington DC born and bred. Half marathoner and avid pedestrian. Blogger, Storyteller & Mental Health Evangelist.

19 thoughts on “Unorthodox and Unhinged: Tales of a Manic Christian

  1. And away you go!!! Congrats on your new journey.

  2. Love getting to read your profound thoughts!

  3. LOVE IT! LOVE YOU JOANI! Thank you for putting your wonderful thoughts out there in cyber-world so the rest of us can benefit and be inspired by you and your thoughts. I look forward to enjoying this life’s journey with you Joani – YOU are a blessing. Peace and love, chuck.

  4. Here we go – love ya’

  5. As one of those who has trouble getting out of second gear, I look forward to hearing some of those manic thoughts, Joanie!

  6. You did it! I love it. You are amazing 🙂

  7. Awesome, Joani! I know many people (myself included) admire and will learn from your courage. I’m proud to know you!

  8. This is awesome, mom! I will post a comment every time…though somehow, I have a feeling you won’t find that embarrassing at all.

  9. Yours is a voice well worth listening too. I am so pleased!

  10. I am proud of you, Joanie, for “fessing up”. I know it was not easy. I will always think of you very fondly. Love you.

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