September 2009

I found this on Ian Mobsby’s site:   Dave Fitch – the Cultivate Talk on Missional Orders  from Bill Kinnon on Vimeo.  It’s a different (he says “very American”) approach to church planting.  This is from an evangelical pastor.  But it’s about living in a post Christian world, and the need to start with a community that can support you through the rough times, and the need to sink roots into your community and interact with those in need.  And it’s about formation as a community that is empowered to do ministry together.

At our clericus today Dean Baker talked about how changes being proposed in our budget and the the apportionment structure reflect new directions for our diocese.  The realities of the world around us have changed.  Kent McNair noted that in a diocese of some 70 congregations, since the 80’s, more than 20 congregations that had full time clergy then no longer have full time clergy today.  And I noted that some of our congregations who have been in clusters can no longer support those clusters today.  A number of churches which used to have more than 1 full time paid clergy can no longer support more than 1 full time paid clergy.  This, in spite of being larger than they were when they had more than one clergy. (more…)

Our Deacon Bob Olsen and his wife Sandy set off today on about a months travel.  Initially they will be moving back and forth along the Canadian/US boarder.  Then they will return on the historic Lincoln Highway.  Bob is keeping a blog on which interested parties can track their travels.  You can find it here.

Roshi Doshi has some nice photos of the outdoors in his blog these days.  Here’s his bit on the first snow where he lives:

It won’t last of course but fun to see the first real snow of the season! As far as I can tell we’ve got more than just about anyone so far.

Brother Adam writes about things that are irretrievably lost, except in memory, in his piece “The Death of Eurydice” in his blog.  You can find the whole thing here.  But to whet your appetite, here is where the penny dropped and he realized why he was resisting writing a piece: (more…)

This comes whole from Bishop Dan’s Blog:

Last Sunday we said goodbye to Fr. Ed Lovelady who is retiring from All Saints, Las Vegas. It was a fantastic service. It was tri-lingual and multicultural. A packed house. Great worship!!!

Then came the party. One of my best friends, a Georgian of the gay persuasion, was visiting. At one point, I saw him line dancing, holding hands with Rose (Fr. Jun’s mother in law) a Filippina from the Nothern Mountains. Other dancers included Fr. Arsi and Benadette, Fillipionos of the South — different language, ethnicity, and piety. More of the dancers were Latino. And the music was: Billy Ray Cyrus — Achy Breaky Heart.

As I watched this wonder, even before I watched Fr. Ed whaling a pinata and scads of children scambling after the candy he broke loose, I thought to myself, “Sometimes the Church works. Sometimes the Church really is a Kigngdom event right here and now.”

One of the good things about being less than full time is that I get to visit other congregations and see what they’re doing.  I think it was the end of last month I visited All Saints in Sacramento (as supply) and really enjoyed meeting the people.  Things were just enough different to keep me on my toes.  I enjoyed it. (more…)

Should have put this up Thursday, when Mel sent the file.  But we had a blessing of the animals service last Sunday, and we have some taped highlights.  If anyone is interested, you can find the flash file here.

Well, stuff keeps coming up.  The same stuff.  Isn’t that the way it goes?

In this morning’s gospel (Episcopal Daily Office Lectionary) Jesus says, “Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.” (more…)

Well, today is Holy Cross Day.  And once again I was struck by Sam Portaro’s reflections.  He recounts a story (from Bishop William Wiedrich) about a conductor, directing a large group of percussionists raising his arms to cue the timpanists.  In the resulting din, he raised his arms again to silence them.  He then told them, “The music is in the drum, not the mallet.  One does not beat the music into the drum; one gently lets the mallet rise off the skin, as if the mallet were pulling sound from the kettle.”

He then continues:

The cross is like the music of the timpani; it is not something one puts on, but rather something that is coaxed out of us.  The wearing of the cross is not an accessory to life, but rather is the embrace of life itself. …Christians bear the cross within, in the daily embrace of all that it means to be human.  To be a Christian [is] to have the fullness of life coaxed out of oneself.

This gives a rather different feel to Sunday’s gospel inviting us to take up our crosses.

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