Category: parish

Moving the mental furniture

I strongly dislike meetings that waste time. In churches, a high percentage of time in meetings is wasted. My usual coping strategy is to check out, fiddling with my email or updating 7WD. Sometimes...

Sermons, big and small

Geez Magazine had a contest. They gathered up “30 Sermons you’d never hear in church.” Go check it out. I haven’t read them all yet, but it seems to me that I’d be happy...

Beyond whack-a-mole

Fellow blogger and prolific email-sender Ann Fontaine sent a note to the House of Bishops/Deputies email list, alerting us to a great article over at Slow Leadership. It uses whack-a-mole as a metaphor for...

7WD live again, after 17WD

OK, so it took a couple of messages to get me going again here. First, this appeared on my facebook wall: “Just wanted to let you know that I have checked 7WD for 13WD...

Wheelchair accessibility strategy?

Not enough church buildings are accessible to people in wheelchairs. Often, we say we’re accessible, but it’s just not true. Here’s my favorite test: could a person in a wheelchair celebrate the Eucharist? If...

What is a priest?

In terrific memoir Open Secrets, Richard Lischer describes the modern minister. He says, rightly so, that we too often become nothing more than a “quivering mass of availability.” That seems about right. We like...

Cross and flag do not mix

I’ve heard of people getting upset when clergy point out that for Christians, especially in church, the cross is our predominant symbol, not the American flag. This story takes things to a new level:...

Know any good priests?

The parish I serve, Christ Church in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is seeking a curate. This is a new position for a full-time curate — priest or transitional deacon. All sorts of great things are...

Facebook for pastors

Even if you’re not a pastor, this is good stuff. If you are a pastor, it explains clearly why you should be on facebook — and how to get around once you’re there. Pastors...

Thank God there was no rectory

When I took my post at Christ Church, one of the attractions was the absence of a rectory. We didn’t want to move. We love our home now, with a large yard for the...