Thursday, March 31, 2016

Lessons learned..With a little help from our friends




(This is the fourth post in a series. If you found this first, I suggest reading from the beginning here.)

When most people start a new church, I assume they do some pre-planning before their first Sunday.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Lessons learned...there is life after death


This blog is an ongoing series about the lessons that I am learning in The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. To start from the beginning, read my first post.

Lesson #3: There is life after death


That first year, when people asked what I was up to I would say "I quit my job and started a church in a funeral home." This is obviously an oversimplification of events as you can read in my first post but the truth was a little bit harder than that.

My favorite Holy Holder with my daughter
The split felt a little bit like a death in the family.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Lessons learned...travel lightly into the neighborhood




This blog is an ongoing series about the lessons that I am learning in The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. To start from the beginning, read my first post.


Lesson #2: Travel lightly into the neighborhood

Morning Prayer at Sunflower Cafe, Charleston
When Jesus sent out the seventy in Luke 10 he wasn't telling them to go to church on Sunday, just talk to each other, and go on their way. He was sending them out into the world to travel lightly and rely on the hospitality of strangers. Bishop Andy Doyle of Texas reminded me of this twice recently at the Forma conference in Philadelphia and a Virginia Theological Seminary Dinner in Charleston. He said "We have convinced ourselves that doing liturgy for one hour on Sunday morning is mission. That's our sin." (paraphrased from my notes).

Friday, March 4, 2016

Lessons learned...reflecting on three years

I have learned a lot of lessons over the last three years. I didn't go looking for them. If anything, I pushed hard against them but sometimes (always?) you have to adapt to survive. This is my story of the Episcopal schism in South Carolina.