Moving Diagonally: Daily Journal


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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Friday (St Ignatius of Antioch)

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Morning Prayer in the cathedral. Got to work writing a post-synod reflection for the website–and eventually for our print product, the Springfield Current. This took me right up to noon, but the work was interrupted twice for important and substantive conversations, one with the Archdeacon and one with the Interim Provost. The usual vague subject category applies: “administrative and pastoral issue” (where one is found, the other is usually not far away). Lunch at home–microwaved Indian food. Reviewed and approved a...

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Thursday (Oxford Martyrs)

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

Customary Thursday workout: weights and treadmill. Morning Prayer at home. Got back to work on master sermon planning from Advent until Lent. This is time-consuming because it involves rifling through old material (the advantage of preaching as long as I have is that I have lots of old material for most any liturgical occasion) and discerning whether it can be taken out of storage and refitted, or whether I need to start from scratch. The task took me almost until noon. Attended to some irksome and petty requests from the company with whom I...

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Wednesday (St Teresa of Avila)

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

Morning Prayer in the cathedral. Prepared for my regular Wednesday midday Mass duty. Refined and printed my homily for Saturday’s institution of the Revd Beth Maynard as rector of Emmanuel, Champaign. Spoke by phone with a consultant to the Nashotah House board of trustees. Attended the regular monthly meeting a clergy associated with the cathedral. We mostly just “waste time,” but I mean that in a good way. Simply maintaining relationships bears fruit in the long term. Celebrated and preached the Mass for the lesser feast...

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Tuesday (Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereshrewsky)

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

Between incoming phone calls, impromptu confabs, and other distractions, Morning Prayer got lost in the shuffle. Doesn’t happen often, thankfully. Conferred with the Treasurer and the Archdeacon over an administrative/financial matter. Took a call from a priest outside the diocese who is interested in exploring deployment possibilities within the diocese. Dealt with some administrative matters and appointment requests via email. Placed an order by phone for a new zucchetto (the purple skullcap I wear when vested). Those things are tiny...

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The Lord’s Day (XVIII Pentecost)

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

Up and out in time to arrive plenty early–since Mrs YFNB was the guest organist and needed time on an unfamiliar instrument–for the regular 9:30 liturgy at St Thomas’. The place seems to be thriving under the pastoral leadership of Fr David Baumann. Delicious post-liturgical repast (par for the course in that parish). We arrived back in Springfield a little past 2:00.

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Saturday (St Philip the Deacon)

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

Back at the podium calling the synod to order at 8:30am. The main item of business was, of course, the budget, and the discussion was appropriately vigorous, given the implications of the proposed new diocesan staff position. The final vote revealed a synod majority ready to step out of the boat, and even most who did not vote in favor are conceptually supportive. But, as I indicated to the assembly, I will not move to fill the Canon for Mission Development position until we see the actual pledges coming in from the parishes. Even with an...

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Friday (St Paulinus of York)

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Diary | 0 comments

Out the door around 9:30 for points south (braving hard rain south of Litchfield). Arrived at the Hilton Garden Inn in O’Fallon, but our room wasn’t ready yet, so I plopped my stuff behind the dais in the main meeting room. Hung out a bit with the General Convention deputation as they gathered for the first time in advance of next summer’s event. Drove across the interstate to find some lunch, and succeeded at Qdoba. Back to the synod venue, where I was able now to check in and get a room key. Retrieved my gear and moved into...

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