Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday

  • Usual weekday morning routine; MP in the cathedral.
  • Quickly dispatched a small administrative matter.
  • Wrote a letter of introduction to a Brazilian bishop on behalf a communicant from one of our parishes who will be taking a work-related trip there next summer. I wrote the letter in Portuguese, so it took a little extra time. And I first had to research the name of the diocese and the name of the bishop.
  • Consulted at some length with the Archdeacon on potential candidates to beef up how our Department of Finance is staffed. It has grown a little thin. I then forwarded the names we came up with to the department chair.
  • Consulted with the Archdeacon, also at some length, over the possible need to schedule a conference for wardens, treasurers, and Rectors/Vicars/Priests-in-Charge. Put the question out by email to the Treasurer and the chairs of the Audit and Finance Departments.
  • Lunch from China 1, eaten at home.
  • Spent a good portion of the afternoon reading three reports from our Historiography team (all very capable people from St John's, Albion), who have made tremendous progress cataloguing what we have in our archives room. This included making a few editorial observations and planning some follow-up tasks.
  • Our new canons drastically pare down the administrative infrastructure of the diocese, something that very badly needed to be done. Many job titles have simply disappeared. So it falls to me to identify which of those titles represent functions that actually still need to be done by someone, and to plot the steps to see that this happens, albeit in a less juridically formal way.
  • Friday prayer: Lectio on the Old Testament reading in tomorrow's Daily Office lectionary (from Isaiah 10).
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.

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