I’m not as Anglican as I used to be (but it’s not why you think)

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Voices

Let’s start off with a question: If tomorrow you woke up to a world where no automobiles existed but your own, where no one had even heard about cars or fast moving machines, and where even the very idea of the possibility of the existence of cars was doubted outright, how would you go about […]

Weeks 5-7 at St. George’s

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Voices
Weeks 5-7 at St. George’s

  During weeks 5-7 of our Worship in the Parish Hall project at St George’s, our focus shifted from the Gathering to the Liturgy of the Word, and I focused on points of intentional community prayer.  How could the Collect and the Prayers of Intercession become more real for the people in the pews? Week […]

Cultivating Community: Weeks 2-4

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Voices
Cultivating Community: Weeks 2-4

One of my deepest concerns in the “Worship in the Parish Hall” project at St George’s was to address our congregation’s dire need of community. Folks would come to church Sunday mornings, a handful would stick around afterwards, and the next time they would see each other would be the next Sunday they both attended […]

Book Review of Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Voices
Book Review of Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

From the book: Slow Church takes the long view, examining all thought and culture, every ideology and assumption, all action and reaction by the messianic light of the last day. (pg. 24) And yet, as much as we are formed by Western individualism, and though we have allowed that individualism to shape the way we […]

What is it that you do?

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Voices
What is it that you do?

About a month ago, I was named as the Chair of Diocesan Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Quincy. The first, and probably most important, question to ask in response to this fact is: “What the heck does a Chair of Diocesan Youth Ministry do?” To be honest, I am not exactly sure. Or, maybe […]

Sunday One

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Voices
Sunday One

The first Sunday of St George’s worshiping in the Parish Hall looked nothing like a Communion service you might expect in a 19th century Anglican parish in one of the historically most Anglo-Catholic dioceses in North America. But, find that was kind of the point. The Parish Hall was set up very simply: rectangular tables […]

Chapter 2: The week between

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Voices
Chapter 2: The week between

“This is a bad idea,” said the senior warden. We were sitting in my office, 90 minutes before the morning service would begin. I had asked to meet with him before our Christian Formation classes, order in order to let him know what was coming, when I would announce in the sermon that we would […]

Off Limits

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Voices
Off Limits

“Effective at the end of today, and until further notice, this nave and sanctuary are off-limits for worship.” (from my sermon, Sept 14, 2014) Our congregation was in a slide. Midway through my fifth year as rector of St George’s, things were back to the doldrums of my arrival in March 2010. The first 16 […]

Tradition and Teenagers

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Voices
Tradition and Teenagers

There are a lot of words that could be used to describe our diocese. Some call it “historic,” others “traditional”. The Diocese of Quincy, to many, represents a bastion for historic Anglo-catholicism; it’s a group of churches whose worship and polity resists the sweeping changes of culture and holds on to those things which have […]

Mission: It Just Takes One Simple Question

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Voices
Mission: It Just Takes One Simple Question

All I asked was a simple question, but it stopped him right in his tracks: “Well Mark, it really just comes down to asking yourself where are you spending your time?” I didn’t realize it then but Mark went away from our conversation that day thinking about that question. And thinking and thinking and thinking… […]

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