Moving Diagonally: Daily Journal


Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Usual Thursday morning quality time with the Bowflex and the treadmill. Launched the next volley of email negotiations with Nashotah board members for winter meeting dates. Morning Prayer at home. Off to Bloomington around 9:30. While en route, spoke for the first time with the newly-appointed search committee chair for the Episcopal Parish of Alton. I believe we have both gotten onto the same page. Met at St Matthew’s with the members of the Spiritual Vitality Team, Frs Kellington and Halt. Lunch with Fr Halt, with him alternating...

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Wednesday (James Hannington & His Companions)

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Daily task planning at home. Morning Prayer in the cathedral. Prepared for presiding and preaching at the midday Mass. Attended briefly to an administrative matter with the Archdeacon. Fleshed out, refined, and printed my homily for this Sunday at All Saints, Morton. Began an email to the Nashotah House trustees for the purpose of beginning calendar negotiations for a special January meeting. Attended to my midday Mass duties. Lunch at home — leftovers. Finished the email I had begun before lunch. To my dismay, I spent the rest of the...

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Ss Simon & Jude

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Task planning at home; 38 active tasks. Culled a pile of hard copy items on my desk. Consulted with the Archdeacon on a variety of pastoral and administrative matters. Morning Prayer in the cathedral. Looked over a draft Letter of Agreement between a vestry and a priest. Conceived, hatched, and erected the infrastructure of a homily for this Sunday (behind the curve on this one) at All Saints, Morton (yes, on their feast of title). Attended the midday Mass in the cathedral chapel, celebrating the major feast of Ss Simon & Jude. Lunch at...

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Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Made a guest appearance out of day-off seclusion in order to attend a Nashotah House fund-raising event in the Great Hall of St Paul’s Cathedral. What an honor to welcome Bishop Michael Marshall, honorary assisting bishop in the Diocese of London, to the Diocese of Springfield. He gave the retreat addresses at the House last week, and is along for the seven-city tour aimed at securing a predictable and sustainable income stream for this 172-year old institution.

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Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Usual morning Nashotah routine through breakfast (with Fr Philip Cunningham delivering a most excellent homily on Christian unity at the Mass). Then it was time to prepare for presiding at the 10:30am academic convocation, during which it was my duty to confer four honorary doctorates … in flawless Latin, of course. Of of these was to a long time friend, Canon David Seger, who was the deployment officer at the House at the time I graduated in 1989, but who has myriad other stellar accomplishments. It was a joy. After visiting with...

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St James of Jerusalem

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Same morning chapel routine as yesterday … met with the Nominating Committee of the board over breakfast … plenary session reconvened at 9:30 … very intense, sometimes difficult, but ultimately productive work, with a quick break for lunch and individual publicity photos for the Nashotah website, until we recessed for Evening Prayer and Solemn Eucharist at 4:30, during which time, among other things, we heard a search committee report, negotiated an agreement, and elected the 20th Dean and President of the seminary. Not bad...

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Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Morning Prayer and Mass with the Nashotah community … breakfast in the refectory … conferred informally with various trustees as the morning progressed and committee meetings got underway … sat in for a bit with the Audit Committee, then with the Institutional Vitality Committee … lunch off campus (because it was grilled cheese in the refectory, which does not comport with the strict diet I’m four weeks into … convened the full board of trustees at 1:30 and adjourned at 4:20 … Evensong in the chapel...

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Up, out, and headed north a little past 8am. Arrived on campus at Nashotah House around 1:30. Checked in at the Dean’s office, conversed with some fellow trustees, sat in on a retreat address (the students are in silence while we’re here, which is a little awkward/weird) from Bishop Michael Marshall (one of my favorites), got settled in my lodging (third floor of Webb Hall, aka “the Fort”), walked to the chapel for Evensong, waked to the deanery for cocktails with Dean Salmon, three other trustees, and the Academic...

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The Lord’s Day (XIX Pentecost)

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Preached and celebrated at both regular Masses at Emmanuel–8:00 and 10:30. Met for about 30 minutes with the confirmands between services–two youth and four adults. I made sure they knew it wasn’t too late to back out, since publicly promising to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord is kind of a life-changing deal, but none of them did. Emmanuel always has outstanding music and well-executed liturgy; it’s a tonic to my soul. After the liturgy we were treated to a Mexican lunch by uber-deacon Chris Hopkins and her husband...

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St Luke

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Up and out and headed ahead in time for a 10:30am arrival at Emmanuel, Champaign, where we proceeded to duly celebrate the new ministry of their rector, the Revd Beth Maynard. After the reception, I attended the regular October meeting of Emmanuel’s vestry, and took the opportunity to develop with them what a Canon for Mission Development might accomplish, both both Emmanuel and for the whole diocese. Brenda and I then checked into our hotel, enjoyed a little down time, and then met Beth and her husband, Mark Dirksen, for dinner in...

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