Thursday (Edward Bouverie Pusey)

  • Customary Thursday morning weight and treadmill workout.
  • Prayed the morning office in my car on the way in to the diocesan center.
  • Left a voicemail message (and eventually connected with) a priest concerning a possible interim ministry assignment.
  • Discussed some administrative (real estate) issues with the Archdeacon.
  • Spoke by phone with the Dean of Nashotah House–mostly a routine check-in between board chairman and dean.
  • Registered for the annual meeting of bishops of small dioceses, to be held in November in Salt Lake City.
  • Brain stormed about who I might invite to conduct the annual clergy pre-Lenten retreat next February. Dashed off an email to my first choice. I let this one slide too long.
  • Briefly discussed synod agenda issues with the Administrator.
  • Lunch at home; leftovers.
  • Began the process of turning the outline of my synod address into an actual draft.
  • Took part in a scheduled conference call with the senior administrative team at Nashotah House. We’re mostly focused on fundraising these days.
  • Took a longish walk to recover my equilibrium after the conference call, which was mentally and emotionally demanding.
  • Worked a bit more on the synod address.
  • Answered (substantively) four emails that had been in the queue for a while, touching on a variety of subjects, all on diocesan business.
  • Looked at a promo video from the School of Theology at Sewanee. Need to keep up on the competition. Plus, I have a student there!
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Spent most of the evening at home after dinner finishing the draft of my synod address. Yes, this was a bit of workaholism, but it feels good to have it behind me.
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