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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I hope to live up to…

Moving enables me to look through long kept stuff. When I left employment at Kent State University, among the good folks of Undergraduate Studies (who I still miss, today) for seminary in NYC, they sent me off with a lovely bound folio of written remembrances and well-wishes. My dear friend, Amy Quillan (now Dr. Quillan, PhD.), with whom I shared a great deal during our graduate studies and life at Kent afterward, wrote a long bit to me. One paragraph probably hits closest to my hopeful self-perception (or self-delusion, depending on who one talks to), and here it is (a bit of self-indulgence, if I may):


“You are a man of vision and passion, a lover of life, and a tenacious pursuer of the greater good. And you unabashedly call others to that great good, too, challenging and encouraging them to think, reflect, and ponder, and maybe change for the sake of a higher calling. You’ve done that for me, and I am forever grateful.”


I guess if one is to have a legacy, what Amy wrote about me, then, would be a pretty darn good one to have. I can only hope that I have lived up to her perception of me over the passing years, and now live even more fully into such a way of being. With a bit of self-reflection, I have to admit that I’ve missed the mark, but my hope is that I will be such a man for the rest of today and tomorrow and the remainder of my life.

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