It is with tremendous pride that I can now say, after celebrating this afternoon, that I was the Senior Warden when St. James Episcopal Church on the Parkway in Minneapolis, and that I was there, when St. James recorded the first same-sex marriage in its 80 year history. Its true, as a Senior Warden, my offcial role in such an event is non-existent. The formal approval of the Vestry isn't needed, there is no mechanism in place that I am aware of for the Wardens and/or Vestry to somehow weigh…Continue
Posted on September 7, 2013 at 4:08pm
So, our buildings on the St. James Episcopal Church on the Parkway have been vexing us for nearly a decade now, in small and big ways, while simultaneously endearing us as the home base of our faith and sprititual work. This hardly makes St. James unique of course, but I thought it still a worthy blog topic,even if I am ultimately only talking to myself (see previous post from June). There have been a wide range of conversations at St. James, from simple musings of humble parishioners to…Continue
Posted on August 9, 2013 at 12:27am
21st century version of an old question: If someone writes a blog and no one (other than the writer) reads it, is it a blog?
Posted on June 4, 2013 at 10:51pm
For our annual Vestry Retreat we picked up a copy of Randolph Ferebee's book "Cultivating the Missional Church: New Soil for Growing Vestries and Leaders" (Morehouse, 2009). Its a fairly concise text giving direction to 21st century Vestries on how to sustain growth and leadership in congregations. I have not finished yet but did read a section on what Ferebee calls "A Primer on Being a Permission-Giving Church". This primer resonated for me as it affirmed what has been going on to…Continue
Posted on March 17, 2013 at 6:28pm