Power that is Passed On: thoughts on a Papal Resignation

I woke up this morning, as I usually do, to NPR and the news. This morning I wasn’t completely sure a little time travel hadn’t been involved. The Pope resigning? But a quick check of the date (not April 1st) and other news sources (yep, the same thing) indicated, if not something completely new under […]

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Going Meta: Reviewing Sermon Reviews, part 3

Part Three: Other Preachers It’s hard to avoid this being a list of links. But I’ve found some preachers I enjoy and certainly would have appreciated something like this existing at several different points in my life. So, here are the sites on my sermon list: Mostly Weekly My Sermons, audio Bishop Rickel, Diocese of […]

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Going Meta: Reviewing Sermon Reviews, part 2

Part 2: Did it Work and What I’ve learned? Did it work? I think so? Or, rather, I can’t fully answer. Is my preaching better now than it was nine months ago? Maybe. Go listen and let me know what you think. When I started this I wrote, “I believe I am a good preacher. […]

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Going Meta: Reviewing Sermon Reviews, part 1

Part 1: The what and the way At the end of July I set out to not only preach nearly every week, but to take time to review my own sermon. Inspired by something a friend said (and knowing that it isn’t reasonable to attend a preaching conference every year), I decided that this was […]

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Sunday Afternoon on Twitter

I have an ongoing goal to show that actual conversations happen on Twitter.  I like to think of Twitter as the online version of a great coffee shop where great conversation can happen.  So this afternoon on Twitter a group of us started talking about Eucharistic Prayers. Common Prayer Youth@BCPYouth Eucharistic Prayer A: Eucharistic Prayer […]

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I Dream of Bishops

Tonight I’m dreaming of Bishops. I grew up in a Church with a priest who is male. He was our priest from the time my family joined the Church to when I left for seminary. Although I was blessed to have a priest who was amazingly supportive and encouraging, I still remember the first time […]

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A #CCAB outcome

As Episcopal denizens of Twitter already know, this past week was the organizational meeting of the CCAB’s.  I attended as a new member of the Standing Commission on Lifelong Christian Formation and Education. As it often does, the appropriate role of social media was a topic for all of the assembled CCAB’s.  There were a […]

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Family Reunion (aka Diocesan Convention)

This weekend is Diocesan Convention for Episcopalians in Montana. I should confess that I love Diocesan Convention. As we Episcopalians are wont to do, we quibble over what should or shouldn’t happen, what’s appropriate or unnecessary at a Diocesan Convention. And whatever my opinion may be, I will love Convention. This is my family. The […]

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Peace, People, and Prayer

Part of what I inherited when I came to the Church I serve was a labyrinth with a Peace Pole in the middle. Due to a variety of reasons, we now worship in a space not near them. So I found out via email that our pole had recently been vandalized. The four sides of […]

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Hair Loss

My mother wore her hair long until cancer and chemotherapy left her bald. I remember her telling me, from the first of many hospital beds, that she’d chosen to have them shave her whole head. As far as I can remember she handled baldness well with wigs, scarves, and bare scalp. A few years and […]

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