About Me

I’m going to ramble a bit…

One of the things I enjoy most is musing over what is coming.  I’ve always been a Sci Fi fan, even the cheesy stuff, but particularly science fiction that presents futures that challenge our notion of the present – utopian, dystopian, creative and unique.

One of the problems of being future oriented is that the present can sometimes be overlooked – or rather simply not lived into fully.  “Be here, now,” is a mantra I need to repeat often.  Strangely, I have come to truly love the past.  History of all sorts, but particularly the history of the people who call themselves Christian.  I am intrigued and drawn to the ancient and enduring Traditions of the Christian experience, particularly in its Anglican form.  English, or perhaps more correctly British, Christianity is fascinating to me.  I have more to learn than I could even begin to tackle, but there you go.

That which endures through time and trial suggests something having gravity, something that is significant, and that can be a very good source for understanding the present and under-girding forward movement into the future.

So, I am an Anglican priest in the Episcopal Church USA.  I currently service in New York City, focused more specifically in Brooklyn (where all the cool kids are playing these days).  I’m not sure where I fit in the Episcopal Church because the various current day “factions” really don’t appeal to me.  Yet, I am working to be faithful to the call of God.

How’s that?  Lots more could be written, but this is it for now.

A couple of my favorite quotes:

“Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds — justification, confirmation, forms of consolation without which they can’t go on. To really ask is to open the door to a whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.”
– Anne Rice

 

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience …. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level with those who have not yet reached the age of reason … You start being ‘kind’ to people before you have considered their rights, and then force upon them supposed kindnesses which they in fact had a right to refuse, and finally kindnesses which no one but you will recognize as kindnesses and which the recipient will feel as abominable cruelties.”
– C.S. Lewis

 

 

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Nothing, yet all

“To reach satisfaction in all
desire its possession in nothing
To come to the knowledge of all
desire the knowledge of nothing
To come to possess all
desire the possession off nothing
To arrive at being all
desire to be nothing

To come to the pleasure you have not
you must go by a way in which you enjoy not
To come to the knowledge you have not
you must go by a way in which you know not
To come to the possession you have not
you must go by a way in which you possess not
To come to be what you are not
you must go by a way in which you are not

When you turn toward something
you cease to cast yourself upon all
for to go from the all to the all
you must leave yourself in all
And when you come to the possession of all
you must possess it without wanting anything

In this nakedness the spirit
finds its rest, for when it
covets nothing, nothing
raises it up, and nothing
weights it down, because it is
in the center of its humanity.”

St. John of the Cross

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