Category: parish

Hats and grandchildren

This past weekend lots of us in Rhode Island attended our Diocesan Convocation. Our guest keynoter was Barry Taylor, former sound man for AC/DC and presently on the staff of All Saints’, Beverly Hills....

Thought for the week

This week’s Gospel story is about a man born blind, who gained his sight through the power of Jesus Christ. But this is not just a miracle story about 20/20 vision. It is about...

Lent wreaths

My friend Tim Schenck has a bee in his bonnet. Apparently his sabbatical has allowed him some extra jogging time, and he’s noticed something he doesn’t like. I went for a run around my...

Fair Trade Fortnight

Today begins the Fairtrade Fortnight. This will require no explanation for my many British readers, who seem to (a) belong to churches that care about Fair Trade and (b) use the word “fortnight.” For...

Thought for the week

Each week, I write a little blurb that appears (in slightly different forms) in the parish email newsletter and in our Sunday leaflet. Now that I have a blog, I’ll post them here to,...

Keeping Sabbath

I’ve been holding on to an interesting post by my friend, Peter Mayer. Apparently he preached about Sabbath last weekend, and some people didn’t quite get his meaning. He writes: I heard many people...

The mysteries of congregations revealed!

Dave Walker, on his excellent website, has revealed everything we need to know about how parish churches operate. Does your congregation have these same tunnels? I would add only “the room that everyone knows...

Emergent superheroes

Yesterday morning was not the best morning for me at Christ Church. Let’s just say the announcements got out of control at our 10:30 service, and leave it at that. I was in a...