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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For a good number of years, every spring I would go to Boarders or Barnes & Nobles and buy books for summer reading – always one book only because of its cover. When I started reading books on my iPad in earnest, I fell out of my spring habit. Yesterday, I walked by a B. & N. and a book displayed caught my attention, so I bought it and a few other tactile summer books.

This particularly book, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” was written by a J.D. Vance whose “people” (extended family) originally was and is from the coal country of Eastern Kentucky – Jackson, KY. He is a graduate of the Yale Law School, now lives in California, and still refers to himself at heart as a “hillbilly.”

In his writing, I see where my “people” are from in both the incredible goodness and beauty of the place and also the horrific conditions people live under and through.

He uses his experience and observation to comment on the profound crisis among economically poor people throughout the country.

My own experience and observations lead me to this question – Why do we continue to tell ourselves (those of means and bleeding hearts) that a place and a people can exist on government assistance/handouts and still retain their dignity, a hopeful future, and cohesion as a beneficial community? Helping people in need isn’t the issue, but how that help is understood and delivered continues to be an issue. We have to approach all of this in a different way, because the way we are going isn’t working. (Until certain segments of the population understand this, they will never, ever understand how someone like Trump is elected President.)

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