Wednesday (Phillips Brooks)

  • Task planning and some light reading at home over breakfast; Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Refined my homily for this Sunday (St Luke’s, Springfield).
  • Spoke at length via Skype video with Canon Ian Montgomery of the Diocese of Peru (he was in his office in Lima). Peru is one of our two new companion dioceses, and it was good to be able to develop a better mental map of the country and the work of the church there. It’s time to start serious planning about sending a delegation from Springfield down there for an initial visit.
  • Attended to various relatively trivial administrative and personal organization matters.
  • Lunch at home.
  • Worked a good bit more on a UTO grant application for our other new companion diocese–Tabora in Tanzania. We’re trying to help Bishop Elias get funding for a new vehicle, which he desperately needs.
  • Spoke by phone with one of our clergy over a rather sensitive pastoral/administrative matter.
  • Scored some epically cheap Amtrak tickets for next week’s meeting of the Province V bishops in Chicago.
  • Processed a small batch of emails.
  • Loaded some more sung eucharistic Psalm refrains and pointed verses (of my own composition, from many years back) on to the diocesan website. This project is now about two-thirds complete.
  • Did a little musical composition–a Simplified Anglican Chant tune to be used with a Psalm at Evensong at the clergy retreat.
  • Took care of a smallish but important literary task in connection with one of our parishes that is in transition.
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
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