Wednesday, July 13, 2011


  • Pre-breakfast trip to the doctor's office to get blood drawn for labwork. Happy to notice that it's not as insufferably hot as it's been.
  • Paper-reading, tea-drinking, muffin-eating, and task planning at home.
  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Discussed the status of our electronic backup systems in the office, and our general IT infrastructure needs, with the Diocesan Administrator. We agreed that these are areas that need attention and help from someone more techno-geeky than ourselves (and Sue and I are both moderately geeky).
  • Did a first reading of five more contest essays. This is Round 2 of the judging process. There was some very interesting material in this batch.
  • Lunch from Taco Gringo, eaten at home.
  • Updated the Office of Transition Ministries (OTM, formerly CDO--Clergy Deployment Office) online portfolio for the interim position at the Chapel of St John the Divine in Champaign with some fresh information provided by their vestry. (This is something the Archdeacon would normally do, but since he's away on study leave, it's good for me to be cross-trained.)
  • Reviewed, approved, and processed a request from a priest to solemnize the marriage of a divorced person.
  • It took four phone calls and an email, but I think we've got the logistical details of my scheduled August 13 visit to Redeemer, Cairo worked out. When there isn't a resident priest-in-charge, and when it's a cooperative venture with the ELCA congregation in the same town, and when the ELCA synod is "between bishops," things can get a little complicated.Whew.
  • Conceived and hatched the sermon I will deliver on said visit to Cairo, as well as the next morning at St James', Marion.
  • Dashed off two more emails--one administrative and one pastoral--and left one more voice mail (administrative).
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.

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