Jan at A Church for Starving Artists has written a great post which clarifies a lot of my thinking the past few months and help me realize where some of my own exhaustion is coming from. She calls her post The Pain of Transformation and I thank her for it. I've done interims in healthy growing parishes and in reasonably healthy stable ones. To try to help a parish face the facts they need to change is exhausting. I especially appreciated the question "How can we avoid letting disgruntled members sabotage faithful efforts to move our churches into the 21st Century?" I read the Alban Institute article on the Power of Feelings earlier this week and I've got both the Vestry and the ECW reading Alban books on change so we can discuss their contents. Still the hard work will come with the priest they select as their new rector. One of the downsides of being an Interim is the fruits of your labor are reaped by others. Hopefully there won't be too many weeds left for that person to hoe. Thank you Jan for your post.
When I was ordained in 2000, my son joked "my mother is a father." So the name. I worked as a scientist for over 30 years, first in Boston, then LA, San Francisco area, Denver, D.C, Vienna and back to San Fran. Good training for an interim who has served in Eastern Michigan, Wyoming, California and now Maine.
Isabelle, the little white dog, better known as Izzie has her own blog now.
Rob Voyle has been instrumental in my work as an interim. I highly recommend Appreciative Inquiry as a way of looking at life in a parish, or for life in general.
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Science and Religion
"Yet its [science] enthralling account is not sufficient by itself to quench our thirst for understanding, for science describes only one dimension of the many-layered reality within which we live, restricting itself to the impersonal and general, and bracketing out the personal and unique." In the preface to "Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion" by John Polkinghorne
Icon of Our Lady of Vladimir
wrote this icon under the direction of Alekandr Kharon. It sits in the Lady Chapel of All Saints, San Francisco
New things happen in regimes that we have learned to identify as being 'at the edge of chaos.' Too far on the orderly side of that frontier and things are too rigid for there to be more than a shuffling rearrangement of already existing entities. Too far on the disorderly side and things are too haphazard for any novelties to persist.
John Polkinghorne, Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion.
wrote this also under the direction of Aleksandr Kharon. Given to Bp. William Swing, California at his last visit to All Saints'