- Glad to embrace "the life and work of a bishop" (to use the language of the canons) with enthusiasm and gratitude after a wonderful vacation. I actually cheated and reconnected to my diocesan email account a few hours early yesterday. This resulted in my spending the entire evening processing my suddenly swollen Inbox. Happy to do it, though.
- Task planning for the week and day at home. Reconnected with Sue and Molly in the office. Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
- Spent most of the morning processing the two mountains of correspondence, advertisements, solicitations, announcements, greeting cards, catalogs, newsletters, and sundry other items that covered the working space on my desk.
- Interrupted that activity for a 45-minute conversation with a couple of lay leaders of one of our Eucharistic Communities regarding some emerging concerns and opportunities.
- Lunch at home.
- Processed some more email.
- Made phone calls to two of our clergy who are facing challenging personal and family health issues.
- Fleshed out and fine-tuned my working outline for this Saturday's teaching marathon at St Thomas', Salem ("Proclaiming Good News 101").
- Spoke by phone with Father Coleman in Belleville regarding plans for a November celebration of the 30th anniversary of the partnership between St George's and St Mark's ELCA congregation, which meets at St George's.
- Answered couple of more emails that had arrived during my vacation.
- Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
If you haven't noticed yet, our new diocesan website is up and running. I don't think it's a candidate for any awards, and still needs a lot of tweaking, but it is light years better than what we had before. Check it out.
Also ... if you would like to taste the spiritual and theological fruit of my vacation reflections, catch this post from my "real" blog, which went up last Sunday night.