• Customary Thursday morning weights and treadmill.
  • Morning Prayer at home, after which I dealt expeditiously with a couple of newly-arrived emails.
  • Prepared the common area of the Roundhouse for an 11am gathering.
  • Began initial work on my homily at the synod Mass next month, but then got distracted trying to chase down some anomalies in the electronic versions of the liturgy booklet that are circulating.
  • Between 11:00am and 1:30ish I hosted and participated in a meeting of diocesan clergy who lead pastoral or program-size parishes, all in a continuing effort to vet and carefully weigh both the missional and the financial implications of the nascent plan to add a Canon for Mission Development position to the diocesan staff. The conversation got a little visceral at points, as anything involving money is bound to get. But even difficult conversation is necessary conversation … probably all the more so precisely because it is difficult.
  • Met briefly with Fr Wetmore, the host rector, and Fr Hankinson, the MC, about some details of the synod liturgy.
  • Took a substantive phone call from a priest outside the diocese who had an important matter to bring to my attention.
  • Attended to some more late-arriving email.
  • Debriefed a short bit with the Archdeacon regarding the clergy meeting.
  • Participated in a conference call for members of a special working group of the Living Church Foundation board.
  • Returned a phone call from Fr Evans, our Finance Department chair, over still more issues flowing from the clergy meeting.
  • Took a short walk around a roughly one block radius of the office.
  • Got back to my synod homily, and arrived at a basic sense of direction, which was my goal at this point.
  • Turned my attention to my state-of-the-diocese address at synod, and moved a broad sketch to becoming a rough outline.
  • Put some meat on the bones of a rough outline of a sermon for Proper 20 (September 21 at Trinity, Mt Vernon).
  • Blew through three or four action items on my list that turned out to be simpler than I had anticipated.
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
  • This was an intense day.
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