January 2010


So here are my newsletter thoughts for February:

One of the blogs I follow (Midlife Bat Mitzvah) is written by Ilana DeBare and is (largely) an account of her preparation for her Bat Mitzvah.  In her most recent entry (“Let the Chanting Begin”) she talks about her preparation with her cantor.  The cantor had her do a dry run on some of the chants.  And afterwards, she commented, “That’s pretty good.”

 Ilana responded that she wanted to know these prayers well enough that if she were shipwrecked on a desert island, she could lead the service on her own.  The cantor nodded and seemed amused.  Ilana admits, however, that what she really had in mind had to do with concentration camps, and “those stories of random anybody Jews leading a Passover or a Shabbat service in the bleak, dehumanizing barracks of an Auschwitz.” (more…)

One of the things I’ve never been quite sure how to do is to properly publicize the 9 AM Family Service at St. George’s.

I don’t normally blog about things so specific to St. George’s day to day operations.  But I was talking about this service with a Lutheran colleague this past week.  He liked what we were doing.  And he noted that it was a lot of extra work to prepare this service.  Which is right.  We’ve put a lot of work (and continue to put a lot of work) into this service to provide something fresh and new.  I’ve just never known quite how to market the service beyond our own congregation. (more…)

Mary Layman from St. James in Lincoln wrote the following (to Deacon Cindy Long).  They have a relationship with a school in Haiti (and a number of people in the diocese — as Brother Adam noted, the largest in the Episcopal Church).  Here’s her update on what they know from their sources:

Thank you for you prayers and support.  We are all heart sick especially by the silence.

 We have very little news since the forwarded email from Pere Ajax sent on Wednesday.   The Bishop and his wife are well.   She suffered some injuries as their home collapsed.   We have not heard a word from Fr. Walin and I pray he was in Hinche at the time.    Our project/school is near Hinche in the high plateau and was not hit by the earthquake. (more…)

Episcopal Cafe has an update on the move towards woman bishop’s in the UK.  The artile begins:

While the movement towards women bishops is stalled in England because the revision committee missed their deadline, The Scottish Episcopal Church moves towards the election of a new Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway for which one of the three finalists is a woman.

If you want the full update, you can find it here.

Brother Adam also has a couple of nice pieces on simplicity.  In the first he says:

The new year is now launched. The Three Kings have visited the Child, observant Christians are packing away the Christmas decorations, and most new year’s resolutions are facing reality.

So I want to put in a word for a monastic value I want to last beyond its new year’s resolution shelf life for me: Simplicity

Then in the second he says:

Monastic spiritual writers all agree that this is a foundational principle for our life with God. The more you have, the more there will be between you and God.

Got the following from Brother Adam’s blog (why reinvent the wheel?):

And once again, from Roshi Doshi, something on the Magnificat (and the reality of suffering):

Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)

[This post was inspired by a question from Pastor Nadia this morning]

“He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he hath sent empty away.”

We sang the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) last night as part of Holden Evening Vespers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. (more…)

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