Roshi Doshi blogs about his visit to St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco.  You may remember his blog piece I linked to on take this bread earlier:

10 march 2009

St. Gregory of Nyssa

St. Gregory of Nyssa church in San Francisco is located directly across from the Anchor Steam Brewery in San Francisco. Nadia had suggested that I attend morning prayer at St. Gregory’s since I was in town on business anyway … and as I trudged up the street at 745 AM and spied the simple wood building that is St. Gregory’s I almost turned back to the Starbucks and the New York Times that are my more typical morning prayer service. You see, another participant in the prayer service was going to be Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread, about whom I have posted. Sara’s book was a big part of my “decision” to jump into the unknown of being a Christian. Meeting a hero is a bit unnerving.

I walked in between the two wide open wooden doors to a huge sanctuary with incense hovering in the air like a ghost, illuminated by the rising sun from across the bay. Sara instantly saw me, called out “Richard!”(bear in mind we’d never met) and gave me a huge hug. It was quite something. So, I was glad I passed up Starbucks for St. Gregory.

If you want to see the whole thing, you can link here.

Speaking of things I missed, Derek Olsen on Episcopal Cafe offers just that reflection.  Given that my son in law is laid off (and my daughter, married to him, is unemployed) I find this of real interest.  You can read what he has to say here.

Roshi posted again on his blog about how he became a Christian (again).  He gives credit to Sara Miles and her book “take this bread.”  He says, “Sara showed me a faith, a Christ and a church that i had never seen before.  one that said you are OK, you are loved and you don’t have to be afraid.  the Table is big, and all (and she really means ALL ) are welcome.”  If you are interested in his post, click here.  If you are interested in Sara’s book, you can order it here.

This is what I wrote for our church newsletter this month:


Many churches try to tell you not only what you have to believe, but also how you have to believe it.  The Episcopal Church is not like that.  It goes back to our roots in England.  Protestants and Roman Catholics had been alternating in seizing political and church power.  They celebrated by trying to kill off the other side when it was their turn in power.  When Elizabeth took the throne, she imposed a different kind of settlement.  Everyone would worship out of the same book.  Everyone would believe a few basic things.  But so long as you could believe these things in good faith, no one would inquire about how you believed them.  It’s never gone entirely smoothly.  But on the whole, it has worked for us.


Some people talk about God’s power.  For them, that’s the most important thing about God.  God is all powerful and all knowing and, when you come right down to it, completely overpowering.  And being in the presence of God can be overpowering.  But, for me, that is not one of the more important things about God.  At least, it’s not where my relationship with God starts.


We have struggled, at St. George’s, to find our nitch in the community.