Moving Diagonally: Daily Journal


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

Morning Prayer in the office. Did some online Christmas shopping (gifts for staff). Took a phone call from one of our clergy wanting to give positive feedback and express gratitude for yesterday’s Clergy Day. Spend the rest of the morning cranking out a first draft of a policy on diaconal ministry in the Diocese of Springfield. Sent it along for comment to … our deacons, naturally. Lunch at home. Gave official notice to the Nashotah House trustees of the details for our special winter meeting in early February. Scanned and...

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Thursday (St Edmund)

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

From 9:30 until 4:00, today was dedicated to a scheduled gathering of the clergy of the diocese. We had an excellent turnout of around 30, and we seriously engaged the subject of space, place, and architecture as the context for liturgy. My hope in this was that we would continue to engage liturgy–specifically, in this case, the places where liturgy happens–with informed intentionality and not merely on auto-pilot. Various presenters elucidated material from three challenging books, and discussion was lively. We concluded our time...

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Wednesday (St Elizabeth of Hungary)

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

Usual task planning over breakfast at home. Prepared to celebrate and preach for the regular cathedral midday Mass. This involved moving some furniture, as we needed to be ready for the possibility of unusual numbers (see below), we Fr Tucker and prepared the portable chancel altar for use. Morning Prayer in the office. Worked on my homily for Advent Sunday (St Andrew’s, Edwardsville), taking it from developed outline to rough draft form. Attended the regular monthly meeting of clergy attached to the cathedral. Commemorated the lesser...

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Tuesday (St Hilda of Whitby)

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

Weekly and daily task planning at home; MP in the car on the way in. I was under a time bind because of a scheduled 9am training session for the new telephone sets that were being delivered and installed today. But the deliverer and installer was himself running behind, so I could have read the morning office properly rather than hurriedly. Oh, well. When we finally did have our tutorial, I was encouraged that I may actually master the technique of transferring an incoming call to somebody else in the office–either to them directly or...

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The Lord’s Day (XXIV Pentecost)

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Up and out at 7:45, headed eastward toward Mattoon through a light dusting of early-season snow. Presided, preached, and confirmed three teens and one young adult at Trinity Church, which is exuding a spirit of renewed vitality under the pastoral care and leadership of Fr Jeff Kozuszek. The age range of those present was robustly encouraging. After a sumptuous post-liturgical repast, Brenda and I headed north on I-57 to Champaign, where will killed some time at the mall, racking up steps on the pedometer, downing some green tea, and rooting...

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Got to the Cathedral/Roundhouse complex around 9:30 there. Found several members of Diocesan Council already there and milling about. Presided and preached the scheduled 10am Mass. The first reading in the weekday Eucharistic lectionary was from III John, which I do not believe ever comes up on a Sunday, so it was a new experience to preach from it. Presided at the quarterly Diocesan Council meeting. It went most expeditiously, and we were wrapped up by a little past 11:30. A number of impromptu sidebar conversations always happen on these...

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Friday (Consecration of Samuel Seabury)

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Brief devotions in the cathedral (cold); Morning Prayer in the office (warm). Back to the cold cathedral chancel to help with the physical setup for tomorrow’s Diocesan Council Eucharist. Back to the office to prepare and print the lections and the Prayers of the People (and mentally conceive a homily). Met with a lay person from one of our parishes over some pastoral concerns. Lunch at home (leftovers). Stayed home to meet with a notary and sign some papers. Took care of a couple of routine monthly personal management chores. Attended...

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Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Customary Thursday morning weight and treadmill workout. Task planning for my shortened office work week at home. Morning Prayer in the car en route to the office. Unpacked the new scanner that arrived on my desk while I was gone. Unpacked it, installed the software, and gave it a trial run. It’s much faster than the old one, and will make my life much easier. Took a phone call from a lay Episcopalian from outside the diocese who was requesting use of the cathedral as a gathering place for prayer and then a launchpad for a procession to...

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Wednesday (Charles Simeon)

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

This was a travel day, and everything went smoothly, for which I am most grateful. (Flying in and out of Springfield is a statistically significant risk, given the number of canceled flights.) Left the diocesan conference center in Salt Lake City at 9:30am local time, and pulled into my driveway around 6:30pm.

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Tuesday (St Martin of Tours)

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

There are only six of us “tiny bishops” at this year’s gathering–around half the usual number–but we had what we all consider an exceedingly productive day. First, it’s just good to be with one another and “talk shop,” wherever the conversation might lead. We have so to share and so much to learn by pooling our collective experience about trying to do a pretty unique and pretty demanding job, one in which we don’t get to spend very much time with peers. But we also had a formal agenda of...

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