Friday, May 29, 2020


Big stuff:

  • Substantive phone conversation with a colleague bishop over what I guess might be termed a "human resources" matter.
  • Deep dive into Matthew 10:40-42, consulting various commentaries, in preparation for preaching, in an as yet undetermined venue or medium, on the Sunday of Proper 8, June 28.

Less big stuff:

  • Routine phone conversation with Canon-to-the-Ordinary Mark Evans.
  • Phone conversation with a priest of the diocese.
  • Various and sundry email exchanges on a range of topics, some requiring quite careful attention.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Thursday (Christ the High Priest)

Big rocks:

  • Met (first by Zoom, then by phone after our connection crashed) with one of our new postulants to discuss the shape of his theological formation.
  • Engaged and completed two significant Communion Partners projects.
  • Attended a video meeting of Communion Partner bishops.

Smaller rocks:

  • Dealt by email and text with a handful of ongoing pastoral-administrative issues.
  • Attended to a routine end-of-month personal management chore.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Big rocks:
  • Attended the regular Wednesday (video) one-hour gathering of Province V bishops.
  • Attended a special "Fireside Chat" of the whole House of Bishops with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
  • Prepped, recorded, edited, uploaded, and shared my regular weekly word of pastoral greeting to the diocese.
Smaller rocks:
  • Took a first prayerful pass at the readings for Proper 9 (July 5), when I hope to preside and preach at St John's, Decatur. Made notes.
  • Responded to a generous handful of emails requiring pastoral or administrative responses.
  • Read the penultimate chapter in the book the The Living Church has asked me to review.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tuesday (St Augustine of Canterbury)

This and that:
  • Dealt with an array of relatively small administrative matters by email and phone.
  • Rehabbed an old homily for Trinity Sunday toward use at Trinity, Mattoon on their feast of title.
  • Hosted a Zoom meeting of a Communion Partners subcommittee on staffing and fundraising.
  • Analyzed what offices need to be filled at the next synod (probably virtual): some by my appointment, some by election. Created a spreadsheet to be used in consultation with Canon Evans.

Saturday, May 23, 2020


For most of the morning I wore my metaphorical mitre and wielded my metaphorical crozier in the midst of emails and long phone calls as the holder of the office I hold, with brief attention to some domestic concerns. (An almost four-year old granddaughter whose birthday is tomorrow can usually command some attention.) During the afternoon I mostly took care of my person (a very long walk, getting in just before a raucous thunderstorm), with brief attention to diocesan issues (email is forever). 

Friday, May 22, 2020


Some days one feels extremely busy from start to finish, but, in the end, there aren't that many concrete accomplishments to document. I did do the finish work on my homily for this Sunday (not to be given at St Michael's, O'Fallon), and then set up, recorded, edited, and uploaded it to Vimeo. Hannah will see that it "drops" on the website tomorrow afternoon. I also recorded a video greeting to the people of St Michael's, and I am given to understand that it has already been shared with those of that community to have internet access. Beyond that, I attended to an array of small administrative matters and got sucked into devoting some unwelcome  and substantial attention to an ongoing pastoral matter. I did manage to sneak in a bit of my rota of special devotion on Fridays--watching/listening to a series of Ascensiontide hymns on YouTube. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020


A little of this, a little of that:
  • Reached out by email to leaders of some of the parishes that didn't get visited in March, April, or May because of the virus quarantine, inquiring about possible summertime visitations, under Phase 3 restrictions.
  • Celebrated the Eucharist for Ascension, with Brenda.
  • Attended to a small administrative chore in connection to the diocese's PPP loan application.
  • Took a first pass at the readings for Proper 8 (June 28), when I hope to actually preach somewhere in person, though the venue remains indeterminate.
  • Worked a good bit around, about, and for some who are in the ordination process, making inquiries, clearing paths, clarifying ambiguities, etc.
  • Worked another good bit trying to reconnect with Eucharistic Communities that are lacking settled clergy leadership, and are therefore suffering inordinately from the quarantine. 
  • Took a long and hard walk--for the sake of health in body, mind, and soul.