The One About Fathers

The Rector’s Digest 2022:0428 October 2022Sts. Simon & Jude My father died on the Feast of the Epiphany 2015. He’d been in a veterans’ retirement home in Kosciusko, Mississippi, for some time — suffering from dementia and a body broken down by more than half a century on his feet behind his small-town pharmacist’s counter. I’dContinue reading “The One About Fathers”

The One about Unity

The Rector’s Digest 2022:0327 July 2022William Reed Huntington (d. 1909) This week I’ve been thinking about unity.  On Tuesday, more than 600 bishops from across the worldwide Anglican Communion gathered in Canterbury, England, for the Lambeth Conference to listen and learn from each other. Lambeth doesn’t legislate; it’s considered an “instrument of communion (unity)” for AnglicansContinue reading “The One about Unity”

The One About Relocation, Relocation, Relocation

The Rector’s Digest 2022:0217 March 2022Patrick of Ireland (461) As of this writing, Renee and I have been married almost 22 years. And over the last few weeks we made our 14th move. So our lives these days are again about relocation, relocation, relocation (interestingly, the title of an Australian TV show, but I digress). TodayContinue reading “The One About Relocation, Relocation, Relocation”

The One About the Grey Havens and Goodbye

The Rector’s Digest 2022:014 February 2022Cornelius the Centurion (1c) Happy snow day (?!?), St. B’s Family — Yesterday at mass we blessed throats. February 3 is the Feast of St. Blaise (also called Blasius), a wildly popular saint in middle-ages Europe, but about whom we actually know very little. We know he existed — he’s namedContinue reading “The One About the Grey Havens and Goodbye”

The One About Hazelnuts | 5 November 2021

The Rector’s Digest 2021:115 November 2021Saints Zechariah and Elizabeth (1c) Happy November, St. B’s Family — Years ago, when I was first ordained a deacon and then a priest, I was the curate of an old Anglo-catholic Episcopal church in Washington, DC, named the Church of the Ascension & St. Agnes. I loved working at ASAContinue reading “The One About Hazelnuts | 5 November 2021”

The One About that Podcast | 1 October 2021

Weekend Digest 2021:101 October 2021Remigius of Rheims, Bishop, Apostle of the Franks (530) No doubt about it — 2021 will be remembered as “the year of the Mars Hill podcast.” At least in some of the circles I run in, it seems. Allow me to explain. As I write this, I’m on Mt. Desert IslandContinue reading “The One About that Podcast | 1 October 2021”

The One About Summer’s End | 3 September 2021

Weekend Digest 2021:093 September 2021Phoebe, Deaconess at Cenchreae (1c.) I love almost everything about the end of summer. I’m an “anticipator” (for instance, I dig Christmas Eve more than Christmas, the run-up more than the pay-off, if that makes sense), so I love thinking about all that crisp air and fall foliage out there inContinue reading “The One About Summer’s End | 3 September 2021”

The One About Dandelions | 16 April 2021

Weekend Digest 2021:0816 April 2021Eastertide Feria Happy Easter, St. B’s Family — This was the week the dandelions came back! It’s like one day they weren’t there, the next — bang, there they were. Renee and I watched them pop up almost overnight from our place on the rectory porch. I pray out there when theContinue reading “The One About Dandelions | 16 April 2021”

The One About Leisure | March 12, 2021

Weekend Digest 2021:0712 March 2021St. Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome (604) Happy Friday, St. B’s — Ok, I’ll admit it. There are some things I’ll actually miss about the pandemic lockdown. Wait — that’s not exactly the right way to say what I mean. I should say the lockdown did create some new horizons of possibility inContinue reading “The One About Leisure | March 12, 2021”

The One About Food | February 26, 2021

Weekend Digest 2021:0626 February 2021 My fellow Lenten pilgrims — I ate lunch at my desk on Wednesday. Right after mass, I had a call with the wardens followed by a Zoom call with diocesan clergy, so I didn’t have time to run up the hill to eat at the Rectory. But that’s actually good forContinue reading “The One About Food | February 26, 2021”