Tuesday, June 21, 2016


 I haven't written for quite some time. 

I've been pondering a bunch of stuff...like what I'd like to do in writing...visioning for the Diocese, 'cleaning house' around, and other things.

Thinking of reinventing COM.  Stewardship, Cong Development.  Evangelism.

A 'Saturday of Talking' could bring us together...on a regular basis, with topics.

Then, writing a book, on meditations on the Prayer Book...picking out words or phrases that have caught my attention.

Life is actually getting exciting, as I think of all of this.

Could be fun and interesting.

Stay tuned.


Monday, May 26, 2014

It's been so long since I've last written, that I almost forgot about this avenue.  I believe I need to be more methodical, and regular in my writing. 

Convention is coming up, and I have much work to do:  appointments for committees...new committees, reports, my 2013 calendar.

Much work to do. 

God willing, life will be kind to us, and we won't have too many resolutions.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014


consistently amazed at the thoughts of so many, who give great opinions, based on no facts.  But that's beside the point.

Tonight, I sit in Charlotte...waiting to get home.  UsAir has finally let me down..seriously down.  Yesterday, they canceled my flight from CLT to CRW...so put me on the flight tomorrow morning, at 9:30...

A few minutes ago, I got an email that my 9:30 flight was canceled, and the only one available is at 6:50 pm...but I can wait at the airport all day, to see if there is an opening...

On other things, life is good.  Went to Living Stones.  It's a lot like living back in the '60's where everyone gets to say what they want...and no one questions it.  People wanting to recreate the Church into their own image...like, "If I had a voice...way back when...this is what the Church should be..."  and people agree...

Rather than seeing that the Church is the Body of Christ..it is God's..not mine...and what has been passed down, over the centuries, is what is the Church...surely the Church changes and morphs...but not based on what 1 person wants...it is the community.

Such is life.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's been a while since I've last written, but I thought I'd drop this out there.  Having grown up in Chicagoland, it was not uncommon to live through storms, and to be without power.  But (!) when it took too long to restore Wet snow?  Yes.  Heavy snow?  Sure.  A lot of snow?  Not really...certainly the power lines should have been able to withstand the weight of this...it wasn't that much!

Where is the outcry?  Where is the call for action?  Where is the anger?

Well...I guess this just means that school will be canceled another day...it's not like we need extra time in school...after all...WV ranks right up there with the top notch states, like Alabama, Louisiana and a few others!

Lost wages?  Lost educational opportunities?  Lost efficiency?

Seems like life, I'm sorry to say.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WEll, the clergy of the Diocese of WEst Virginia and hte clergy of the   ELCA Synod of West Virginia-Western Maryland are together for a clergy conference.  A good day...

Sadly, there are only about 1/2 of the total possible clergy present.  Deep and thought provoking lectures...but good to meet the newer clergy in the ELCA and an opportunityfor the Episcopal Clergy to get together.

Fellowship is a good thing!

Thanks be to God.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Well, General Convention is in full swing, and the budget if complete.  Many things that had been removed from the budget by the Executive Council 'draft budget' have been restored by PB&F.  Sadly, there seems to be attempts to regulate the Church via the budget.  Certain canonical bodies had been stripped of their funding, thus making them non-existent...but that wouldn't make sense.  How can you 'close' a body, without legislation?  How can one group unilaterally shut down an activitly, when the Church hasn't spoken, and canons haven't been changed?

Thus, we restored various bodies, with the expectation that studies and recommendations will be forthcoming.

We have a variety of resolutions all trying to address the issue of restructuring.  Unfortunately, for me, this is a way of trying to take a 'piecemeal' approach to change the church.  Rather than taking a full studied approach, doing 'one thing at a time' seems to be the approach.  I'm hoping that this won't happen.

Yesterday (Monday) besides putting the budget to rest, and sending it to the printer, we also voted on the issue of 'Blessing of same sex unions.'

I voted against it, for a variety of reasons, but knew that it would pass.  I am comfortable with this, and will work within the Diocese to provide for such...

in the past, I said that we couldn't go forward in WV, with this, as the Church had not spoken.  Yesterday (assuming that the Deputies concur) the Church spoke. 

Many years ago, I asked a senior military person who was at West Point, when it went co-ed.  I asked how that went over, since it has been more than a century of 'males only.'  He looked rather curious.  He said, "it went smoothly.   We're in a military model.  When the brass speak, we salute, and make it happen.'

I believe that's the same with the Church.  We are in a hierarcichal church...The Church has spoken, and we move forward.

Certain committees will be formed in the coming weeks, so that a plan for rolling this out will be in place, without destroying the Body of Christ in West Virginia.

There are obviously various clauses within the body of the Resolution, which some will ignore, and others will complain about...but the entire piece was passed...not just a portion of it.

So - we'll look how we do this, together.

In addition, the Bishops passed a resolution requiring that, in the Triennial of 2016 - 2018, the Budget will be funded by an 'asking' of not more than 15%, and all dioceses will be 'required' to pay that rate, or more.

More to come.