Yesterday we drove up the coast to the Penobscot Narrows Observatory. Four-hundred feet above the Penobscot river on the top of one of the piers you get a great view of the town of Bucksport upriver and the sweep of the river as it moves down to the ocean. An elevator takes you to the top. It is on the site of Ft. Knox, built in 1844 to protect the river valley against possible British invasion. Maine was involved with border disputes with Canada both during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. The fort, seen at the top of the point of land to the bottom left of the photo, was named after the first U.S. Secretary of War, Major General Henry Knox, who was born in Boston, but retired to Thomaston, Maine, just a ways down the coast.
My grandson loved the canons at the old fort far more than going up the elevator to the observatory. I found a book called "You wouldn't want to sail in the Spanish Armada!" and he has had his father read it to him a number of times already. He especially likes the parts where things get blown up.
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'