Heathrow Chaplaincy, Day One

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

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Farewell to parish ministry. (For now?)

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?)

Five things they should have told me before I was ordained. No, Six.

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.

The Church should get out of the marriage business

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

Stability

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