Today I officially took up my position as Head of Multi Faith Chaplaincy at London's Heathrow Airport (LHR). In a formal service at the Chapel of St. George, attended by various representatives of the airport and chaplains from both LHR and other airports, I received a license from the Lord Bishop of London at the … Continue reading Heathrow Chaplaincy, Day One
And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them. - I Samuel 22, 2 That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it, fellow clergy? Memorize it; it's your life verse. Whether you knew it at the time or … Continue reading Farewell to parish ministry. (For now?)
I may not be the sharpest pin in the box, or maybe I was sitting behind the door when the instructions were handed out but, in any case, I seemed to have missed a thing or two in divinity school. My professors taught me to read ancient languages, decipher complicated texts, actively listen, and use … Continue reading Five things they should have told me before I was ordained. No, Six.
During my ministry career I have presided at dozens and dozens of weddings. And I've done my fair share of marriage preparation too. However, apart from service entries in the vestry book, I've never registered a marriage; I've never "married" anyone. When I moved to Canada in 2011 and took up my first posting in … Continue reading The Church should get out of the marriage business
Luke 9: 51 – 62 There is a saying that you never really know someone until you have shared an inheritance with them. I had to think about this as I pondered Jesus’ odd words in this reading, which at first seem to imply that, if one claims to be a follower of Christ, they … Continue reading Of foxes and birds and Quintessential Man
The nurse needed to tend to the person I was visiting so I excused myself and said I would wait in the hallway for a few minutes. I took a seat in an alcove with three chairs and a small table littered with old National Geographic and Time magazines. An elderly man, unshaven, a patient … Continue reading Jubileum
Saint Benedict's "Rule for Monks" requires three vows of those joining a Benedictine monastery: a vow of stability, a vow of conversion, and a vow of obedience. Together they form a structure upon which healthy communal life can be built for a lifetime. Lately I've been thinking about how my own life squares up to … Continue reading Stability