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 … More 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 … More The Church should get out of the marriage business

Jubileum

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 … More Jubileum

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 … More Stability