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VOL. 59 NO. 2

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6 From the Editors
7 Consolation at the End
11 The Relationship of Consolation
14 Christianity is not an Idea
17 The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
21 The Grace of a Leaky Roof
24 Consolation in the Midst of Grief and Loss
28 What Once Was Lost
33 The Anglican Bookstore Listings
38 A TAD Literary
44 No Cheap Grace
47 An Invitation
51 Creeping Grace

The cover photographs for this issue are of St. Peters Episcopal
Church, Pomeroy, Washington. In the 25 years St. Peters has
been a member of our Parish Partner Plan, parishioners have
established a strong history of supporting TAD, and we are
pleased to recognize it now.

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From the Editors
Its annoying to be told that you would be offered a free gift
by purchasing something you dont want or need, particularly
when the free gift is almost worthless. You are not interested
on a free booklet on feet care or in owning a plastic magnify-
ing glass and if a gift isnt free, its not a gift.

The word grace means a gift of inestimable worth. We normal-

ly associate it with forgiveness. When Jesus prepared to leave
his disciples for the last time, he left them the extraordinary
power to declare that sins were forgiven (or not forgiven) a
power no political leader possesses. To lift the burden of guilt
is to restore a person to wholeness.

We dont often consider grace when we consider repentance.

After all, we do the repenting. We summon up courage to tell
a priest our intimate secrets, ones that fill us with shame and
keep us awake at night. We dare to admit to a loved one we
have betrayed them. Its our doing, not Gods. Theres a thought
that cries for forgiveness. Gods grace convinces us that we
need to unburden ourselves, and gives us the courage to seek

It is our hope that this edition of the Anglican Digest will be a

graceful addition to your life. Read it, pray it, share it. Do have
a wonderful summer.

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Consolation range of interests. My turn for

at the End introductions came around.

The Rev. Anjel Scarborough Im Anjel. Im here for your

spiritual care as a chaplain.
Pastoral ministry places us
in many situations we cannot Joes response was gentle, but
imagine in which we must ut- direct, I wont need your ser-
terly rely on God while qui- vices. Im atheist.
etly recite Veni, Sancti Spir-
Well, Im a .. theist. I just
itus or Kyrie eleison and
pronounce it differently, I
hospice chaplaincy placed me
said with a smile.
in these situations constantly.
Making space for those of dif- We all laughed and he said,
fering faiths, or no faith at all, Thats good! Youre quick!
while remaining faithful to
Christ can be daunting. Joe I explained I wasnt there to
was one such case. convince, convict, or con-
vert him but rather assist
Joe was 62 and dying of lung him addressing any issues
cancer after a lifetime of troubling his spirit so that he
smoking. As the other hospice could depart in peace.
team members introduced
themselves at our initial visit, Ill make you a deal, I said,
I observed his surroundings. How about I come back in 2
He was personable, grounded, weeks and well try this on. If
accepting of his terminal di- you find its helpful, great. If
agnosis, and very intelligent. not, you can kick me to the
His bookshelves were filled curb no harm, no foul.
with astronomy books, sci- What do you say? He agreed.
ence fiction, music a wide Our next visit was three hours
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of conversation. He had been him. It gave him the safety to

a forensic economist and tell me more.
loved science, especially as-
tronomy. We debated how the One day, he told me about the
world would end: he thought church he was raised in as a
the sun would explode, and child: a harsh, strict funda-
my money was on a wander- mentalist congregation pro-
ing black hole swallowing the mulgating a narrow literal
earth. He had an amazing col- Biblical interpretation which
lection of vinyl LPs and was shunned anyone who dared
digitizing them for his grand- challenge the pastor by asking
sons. I never spoke of God a question. He told me about
but after the second visit, he the judgmental, angry God
did. he came to know and how he
rejected this in college.
You know, Ill bet I can make
you lose your religion. Wow. I can see why you dont
believe in that god. I dont ei-
Too late. Im Episcopalian. It ther. Hey! Maybe Im atheist
already happened, I said with too! I said.
a wink and a smile. At least
according to some Christians We both laughed and he
I know. asked, Well, if you dont be-
lieve in that God, what God
God gave me the humor and do you believe in?
grace not to be tempted to
debate faith. I learned how I believe in a God who can-
holy the gift of laughter and not be understood by my in-
presence are. I stayed true to tellect. Any god small enough
my promise: I wouldnt try to to fit into this brain is too
convince, convict or convert small to save me. The God I

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know is a Mysterious Trinity, the conversation when Joe

One but Three, a Mystery de- said, You know, Ive been
fying words and logic who thinking about that God you
is over, through, and beyond believe in. I could believe in
rationality. A God who simul- that God too.
taneously is small enough to
infuse the spaces between the You dont say, I replied.
subatomic particles of matter
that make up everything, and Yeah. Maybe we need to res-
large enough to transcend the cue God from religion. What
eleven dimensions of string do you think?
theory. I believe in the God
who is deeply rooted in love Yes, Joe, we do every sin-
and mercy, and who uses this gle day.
as the basis for making jus-
tice and righteousness flour- I tell you what. If this God
ish. This God is the One who of yours exists and is really as
breathed every single thing expansive and gracious as you
into existence and who re- say, I believe this God would
claims, redeems, and resur- allow me to come back in
rects it all in love. some demonstrable way and
let you know Im ok after I die.
We sat for a moment in si- You know, to give you some
lence. Ive never heard a kind of sign and you will
minister talk like that before. know without question that
its me. What do you say?
Maybe its about time you
did, I replied. Sure, on one condition: dont
show up in my bathroom
Two weeks later, I made an- when Im stepping out of the
other visit. It wasnt long into shower because Id have to

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name my fatal heart attack A few months later, I left

after you and my husband hospice work to enter par-
would be jealous. ish ministry. I never forgot
about John or his promise of a
Joe cracked up and said, Its sign. Nine months later, my
a deal. But, if Im right and husband Stuart and I took a
theres nothing after this, few days off to rest at a cab-
youre going to be waiting a in retreat in the country. One
long time for that sign. evening, we sat outside and
watched the stars. I started
thinking about Joe. I told my
Well, ministry has taught me
husband about him and his
patience. It could be the test
promise to give me a sign that
of a lifetime.
he was OK after he died.
It was the last time I saw Joe. You know, he said, There
As was typical of cancer pa- are no known meteor show-
tients, he declined slowly and ers happening right now. If a
then took a very sudden turn shooting star, were to go right
and died. He died with grati- over your head right now, I
tude for his life and his fam- would take that as a sign from
ily. He planned no funeral. I God that Joe is OK.
found myself praying for him
in the words of our Eucharis- I would too, but I also am
tic Prayer D: mindful of scripture warning
us not to put God to the test.
Remember all who have died No sooner had the words left
in the peace of Christ, and my lips than a brief streak of
those whose faith is known to light went overhead so close
you alone; bring them into the it appeared I could touch it
place of eternal joy and light. and then it vanished. We both

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screamed in astonishment in charge of things pertaining

over seeing this phenomenon, to God are able to deal with
whatever it was. Neither of us weakness because they them-
can explain what we saw, but selves are subject to weak-
the timing was uncanny in the ness. There is a relationship of
context of our conversation. common weakness, although
In that moment, I was given the priest has been set apart
a gift: peace and consolation for the holy things of God.
in the Divine Mystery and the That is to say, they can relate
graciousness of a God who because of their own tempta-
holds all in life and death and tions in the world. The author
beyond. then goes on to say that Je-
sus offered himself in rever-
QQQ ent submission to God who
The Relationship had appointed him a priest
of Consolation forever. Jesus, who knew no
sin, was subject to temptation
The Rev. Jason S. Terhune and therefore can relate to the
challenges we face.
Those who repent and be-
lieve in Jesus Christ begin to In Philippians 2, Paul reminds
live, in the present, the way us of the encouragement of
that will make sense in Gods Christ, and the consolation of
promised future. love. He beckons his readers
to have the mind of Christ,
In Hebrews 5:16 we read that who humbled himself to the
it is the throne of grace that point of death. Paul says that
we approach when we seek there is joy to be found by him
God. The author of Hebrews and them even as he is being
go on to say that the priests poured out as a libation over
here on earth, whom God puts the sacrifice and the offering

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of your faith. Paul can claim of grace is the seat for conso-
this because he knows that it lation.
is God that is at work in him
and them. He knows that it is As I have thought about how
God who sustains us in our it is that we approach the
weakness and for this we are throne, I was reminded that it
to rejoice, because God has is about a relationship. Eugene
not forgotten us, but has pro- H. Peterson describes pasto-
vided Jesus Christ as the way ral relationship this way, The
for us to find hope and joy. role of the pastor is to embody
the gospel. And of course to
Though not weak like us, Je- get it embodied, which you
sus put himself in the place can only do with individuals,
of weakness in order that he not in the abstract. Jesus, a
might save all who would priest forever, did this by be-
repent and believe. Like the ing present in a relationship
earthly priest, Jesus knew with us, individuals here on
weakness and therefore he is earth.
able bear our weakness. That
is, he offered himself from a A mentor of mine always re-
point of great strength to the minded me that as Christians
one who was able to save him we must always be seeking
from death. Jesus relation- out relationships. He always
ship to us formed in sacrifice reminded me and it was
means that we can approach good advice that we must
with boldness the throne always go directly to the per-
of grace. The author of He- son that can do something
brews reminds us that in this about our concern. His point
approach we can take hold of was that there is no need to go
mercy and find grace to help around talking about some-
in time of need. The throne one, and instead we would do

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well to go and talk to that has made himself known. He

someone. has made himself the one who
is able to sympathize with our
As he and I were talking one
weakness and made us able
day, he reminded me that we
to approach the throne of
might do the same thing with
grace with boldness. He was
Jesus that is, rather than
building a relationship with
talking about Jesus, we can
the people he so dearly loved.
explore what Scripture tells
Being sinless he offers to us a
us: What does the message
relationship wherein he has
of the Gospel teach us? Talk
procured great consolation
to Jesus. Be ready to hear
even in our sin and suffering.
back from him. He who loves
Our consolation is found in
us to the point of suffering
his nearness to us, the Church.
and death will not be silent.
Because of his life and death,
In this conversation, I gained
he brings the Kingdom of
great clarity about the nature
Heaven near. That every-
of our personal relationship
thing which the grace of God
with Jesus Christ. Jesus had
does in the way of rescuing
never been stagnant to me,
us from the inveterate evils in
nor did I believe he had he
which we are sunk, pertains
been idle in the lives of oth-
to the future world, in which
ers. But through this con-
all things are made new. (St.
versation, I saw Jesus more
Augustine of Hippo) He of-
clearly as one we talk to and
fers the great gift of eternal
not always about. It became
life in the presence of God the
more clear that if we want to
tell others about who Jesus
is, we would do well to show Moreover, he offers the con-
them how we talk to him. solation of an eternal life and
It is in relationship that Jesus joy that begins when we first

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believe. Repent and believe, the 7:30pm liturgy. A winter

draw near to the Lord because warning was in effect and we
the joy of the Kingdom of all know what a little snow and
Heaven is near. By the grace ice does in Atlanta. The ser-
of God in relationship to the vice went off very nicely, the
one who gave all, a fitting mysteries of Christs manifes-
way has been fashioned that tation to the Gentiles were en-
we might begin to find in the countered, and then we gave
present the consolation of the our well wishes at the doors
life in Christ that is and is to in the back of the Church.
come. My friends and I decided we
would go for a quick dinner
and then retire for the night.
QQQ At dinner, we shared stories,
we laughed, we listed our fa-
Christianity is vorite books of 2016 and talk-
Not an Idea ed about what we would like
to read in 2017. The evening
The Rev. Zachary R. Thompson was full of grace and joy.

It was January 6, 2017, in At- When I returned home to the

lanta, at the Church of Our rectory my wife and two chil-
Saviour, and we were making dren were sound asleep, and
preparations to celebrate the I joined their rest as soon as
Mass for the Epiphany. This possible. At midnight, my wife
is always one of my favorite and I woke to a sound and a
services of the year and I was sensation unlike anything we
delighted when a few close had experienced. We jumped
friends from around the city out of bed startled and con-
joined a solid number of the fused and instinctively made
faithful at the Church for our way down the hallway

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to check on our boys. Every- With desperation and hope

thing in the hallway looked I called out, Ezra? He re-
fine, and the boys bedroom sponded, Yes. With as-
doors were closed. I looked up tounding relief I asked if he
the spiral staircase at the end was on his bed and if he was
of the hallway, which leads to okay. He said that he was, and
a finished attic, and I saw the in a way that only a three-
stars. Sixty feet worth of a wa- year-old can, he asked, Dad-
ter oak had crashed through dy, is it up time? By this time
the house. Just then, our four- my wife had retrieved the
year-old opened his bedroom digital monitor and we could
door and he walked out, cov- make out that Ezra looked to
ered in dirt and debris. He be safe. About twenty minutes
was startled, and we were later, a fireman broke through
unsure if he was unharmed a window and retrieved my
by the tree. My wife quickly son and I walked away from
consoled him and brought the house with my family
him to the front of the house physically unharmed.
as I made my way to check on
our three-year-old. I turned The next morning, when we
the doorknob and pushed the saw the damage and the tree
door; it opened one inch, and in the daylight my wife and I
then stopped with a tremen- could not help but hold each
dous thud. My heart sank as I other and weep. We had had a
saw the massive tree through serious brush with death and,
the narrow, dark opening, and unlike so many others, we
I feared the very worst. No were spared.
noises were coming from the
room. I looked up the hallway Only an hour or so after the
to my wife and she could see scare, I laid awake on my
the terror in my face. back in the neighbors guest

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bed, my wife and boys next next day. She knelt in the pew
to me. Images and terror ran and wept. Just as she had done
all around in my head and I when they found a tumor on
tried to recite the Jesus Prayer her breast (which turned out
and enter into the peace of the to be benign). She wept just as
triune God, which passes all she did when my father decid-
understanding. I needed the ed to run away with another
God of unchangeable power woman after thirty-six years
and eternal might to be near. I of marriage to my mother,
needed the God who took on who models Christian chari-
the frailty and risk of our flesh ty. She looked at the crucifix
and blood humanity to be above the tabernacle and she
near. I needed Christ to hold wept, and her tears were gath-
us and keep us with his fierce ered in grace and she felt con-
love. He did, and he still does. solation.
His grace and mercy have the
capacity to mysteriously man-
ifest and heal broken hearts Michael Ramsey was fond of
and wounded memories. saying that a saint is some-
one who takes responsibility
This grace and consolation for God. When the neigh-
is neither an idea nor a neat borhood, the parish, and
formula. It is raw and real and the school system, learned
unpredictable and intense. It of our situation, they rallied
is personal and it is for the life and supported us with char-
of the world. My wife and I itable gifts, food, and prayer.
found grace and consolation Their prayers were a kind of
from the living God in prayer consolation we cannot quite
and in supplication. My wife articulate, but they were ef-
made her way to the Lady fective and healing; they took
Chapel in the Church the responsibility for God.

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Incarnation, crucifixion, res- The grace of

urrection, and the love of a our Lord Jesus
community rooted in gift Christ
these are not ideas; these are
about our flesh and blood, The Right Rev. Pierre Whalon
they are about hope and joy,
about grace and consolation. The word grace signifies
Christianity is not an idea. It a gift. It also arises in oth-
is about a man who took on er contexts, such as grace at
our flesh out of fierce love and meals i.e., thanksgiving
this love has been revealed to and coup de grce, which
be the most durable element implies the mercy of a quick
in the universe, and that is death. In translating the Bible,
consoling. Martin Luther used the same
word in the Old Testament
for steadfast love (hesed) as
grace in the New Testament:
Gnade. Grace is gift, thanks,
mercy, unchanging love.

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This verse from Genesis (15:6)
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is a cornerstone of both Paul to get this grace. In traditional

and James understanding of works-righteousness, one had
salvation (Gal. 3:6; Rom. 4:3; to do something in order to be
James 2:23) in other words, saved, like becoming a monk.
really basic. Abraham trust- Modern works-righteousness
ed God, and that trust, that is about reciting some formu-
confidence, is what made him la and then adhering publicly
Gods Friend, as James says. and slavishly to some confes-
sion of certainty by joining
The opposite of accepting
the church of the Truly and
grace is demanding certain-
Certainly Saved. All we really
ty about it. What does God
need do, however, is to trust,
accuse Job of in chapter 38?
as Abraham and every other
Certainty that he is right and
Man and Woman of God has
God is wrong. Not to men-
ever done. Mary, the mother
tion the certitude of the false
of Jesus, said yes to Gods
prophets (see, e.g., I Kings
offer, just as her ancestor had
22). As such, this desire to be
done (Luke 1: 38). No more
certain is inherently sinful,
(and no less) was asked of her,
for it insists there is more to
or anyone else among us.
salvation than faith, or that
we are given more than a
We are saved by grace
reasonable and holy hope, to
through faith we are not
quote the Book of Common
saved by faith through grace
Prayer Burial Office (p. 481).
(Eph. 2:8). And this saving
Furthermore, this unholy de- grace, that makes you and
sire, when acceded to, annuls me Gods Friends like Abra-
grace while seeming to rely on ham, is a gift, so that no one
it, because according to the can boast (vs. 9). Indeed, the
ideology derived from it, one prophet Habakkuk says the
is saved by doing something righteous shall live by faith

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(Hab. 2:4b), a key verse for You travel over land and sea
Paul (Rom. 1:16). Faith in to win a single convert, and
the grace of Jesus Christ is when you have succeeded,
what the Gospel effects, and you make them twice as fit
through that power, our faith for hell as you are. (Matthew
makes us righteous, Gods 23:15)
Friends, and little sisters and
brothers of Jesus by adoption. One mark of the church of
The fact that grace precedes the Certain is that all others
faith is the clear sign that God are excluded. The Certainly
is sovereign. Before we can Saved know who is Certain-
choose to accept Gods of- ly Damned. This illustrates
fer, God chooses us (Eph. 1: perfectly what Bishop Fitzsi-
4-22). mons Allison means when he
writes about the cruelty of
But this can awaken doubt, heresy: an inadequate notion
which tempts us. The Certain of salvation leads to stunted
have to go forth and save understanding, want of char-
souls, as if it is another work ity, and terrible anxiety. So we
of righteousness instead of the Certain (no one should
the sovereign and mysteri- think theyre immune to this
ous work of the Holy Spirit. temptation in one form or an-
This drive to convert is driven other) worry about losing our
more by a need for self-jus- Certitude, and therefore our
tification and a fear of dam- salvation; we become very
nation than by genuine com- concerned about the lack of
passion for others. Jesus had a salvation we perceive in peo-
word for such people who go ple we love and become tor-
forth to make converts: Woe tured at the idea of their dam-
to you, teachers of the law and nation; we become moralistic,
Pharisees, you hypocrites! so that Purity becomes the

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public companion to Certain- edge of our sins, we feel we

ty; and we resort to all man- can still trust in the grace of
ner of manipulations to main- our Lord Jesus Christ. We
tain what is in essence false. can rely on the love of God
no matter what. And we find
We cannot possibly under- in our communion with the
stand God. We cannot grasp Holy Spirit the ability to hear a
the love of God we can only word of acceptance. And even
let ourselves be grasped by when we lack the strength to
God. And we can only trust reply in kind, Christ in us is
that the Gospel is true and praying through his Spirit
that it applies to you and me in sighs too deep for words
all who have in the past, in (Romans 8:26-27). So grace
the present, or in the future empowers us to give thanks.
believed God. In other words,
trust grace. In my 32 years of ordained
ministry, I have conducted a
This is not to say that I do not lot of funerals, and this prayer
sometimes fall prey to anxiety from the Burial Office always
about the reality of what I say gave me comfort and hope as
God is offering. Faith without I gazed into an open grave. I
doubt is no faith at all. It is the dearly hope these words were
pang of doubt that tempts us helpful to others, as well, as
to Certainty, whereas doubt they still are to me:
is the Spirits way of strength-
ening our faith. No fun, but O God, whose days are with-
there it is out end, and whose mercies
cannot be numbered: Make
However, in the process, the us, we pray, deeply aware of
Spirit will console us from the shortness and uncertain-
time to time, so that despite ty of human life; and let your
our own sharp painful knowl- Holy Spirit lead us in holiness

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and righteousness all our days; The Grace

that, when we shall have served of a Leaky Roof
you in our generation, we may
be gathered to our ancestors, The Rev. Jane Schmoetzer
having the testimony of a good Just before Christmas, our
conscience, in the communion church building experienced
of the Catholic Church, in the a sudden (and sodden!) cata-
confidence of a certain faith, in strophic failure of the large flat
the comfort of a religious and roofs over the education wing
holy hope, in favor with you, and kitchen area. Weve never
our God, and in perfect charity had a single leak before in my
with the world. All this we ask tenure of almost 7 years, but a
through Jesus Christ our Lord. series of snow and ice storms
Amen. wholly uncharacteristic in

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our area changed all that. streaming in everywhere. Not

The accumulated snow and only had all the previous leaks
ice on the roof in some reappeared, but they brought
places as much as 5 thick reinforcements: many more
began to melt and leaks be- started, in every room under a
gan appearing, first in the flat roof. There were dozens of
mechanical room, and then leaks in all three classrooms,
the classrooms. We dropped the kitchen, both bathrooms,
everything and went to work, the mechanical room, and
trying to minimize the dam- even the sextons closet. Sev-
age. The Junior Warden, my eral other hardworking souls
husband, and I mopped and pitched in trying to mitigate
emptied buckets inside, while the damage. I gave up trying
a couple other stalwart pa- to remember all the names; it
rishioners spent many hours was hard to keep track as we
on the roof, shoveling ice and scrambled.
pumping off accumulated wa-
ter, in order to reduce what By the end of that effort, I
could come in from above. think I counted 82 separate
containers collecting leaks:
We called our insurance com- more than 50 buckets (on
pany, a local roofer, and a hand, bought, and borrowed),
restoration company to take every garbage can in the
on interior repairs, and we building that would hold wa-
thought we had it under con- ter, and even the large Mens
trol. But before they could be- Group Soup pots and bowls.
gin we had another ice storm, What a mess!
and the process started over!
More than that: it seemed as In the midst of all this, I found
though we had puddles and myself giving thanks so
water actively dripping and many, many times. Yes, really!

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Not in a Pollyanna, it could ing peace amid the scramble.

have been worse sort of way, We even laughed sometimes
although that is certainly as we emptied buckets and
true. And not in thinking that tore down disintegrating
God wont give you anything ceiling tiles. And without
you cant handle, because I blinking twice, our vestry au-
do not believe our loving Cre- thorized the full cost of the
ator goes around dishing out repairs to be taken from re-
leaky roofs. serves well before the in-
surance determined what will
But I did find myself acutely be covered so that the work
and blessedly aware that God could begin as soon as possi-
was indeed present with us ble. Ours is not a huge con-
in the midst of it all. As we gregation, but they are fully
worked, we were also pray- and faithfully committed to
ing with our hands and our our mission of equipping the
feet and our aching knees and saints to seek and serve Christ
backs. Willing hearts pitched in all people, here in our par-
in when and as they could, ish home.
and the work got done. Our
neighbors at a nearby church As of this writing, I am told
kindly agreed to allow us to we are on the roofers sched-
host a funeral reception in ule to begin repairs next
their parish hall when our week. Once the roofers begin,
kitchen was unusable. The they will have our roofs under
roofer sent helpers to take large tarps during construc-
over clearing the roof at no tion, which means we will be
additional cost to us. Contin- able to move the Godly Play
gency plans were developed, and nursery materials back
and changed, and changed into their classrooms very
again, all with a sense of abid- soon. And the restoration
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company will complete the He was my spiritual father.

interior repairs as soon as the He walked me through a good
new roofs are on. Im sure it many difficulties. I am a bet-
will be a several weeks before ter man today because I knew
were back to normal, so we him.
will need to practice patience
Grief is a funny thing. It comes
as we finish cleaning up. But
in ways you might never ex-
you know what? Even in the
pect. It is like water pouring
worst of it, I could see clearly
into your life and filling all the
the grace of our Lord Jesus
cracks and crevices that are
Christ, and the love of God,
left open to it. I have grieved
and the fellowship of the Holy
quite a bit for Brewster in
Spirit. And theres nowhere
the months since his death,
Id rather be than in the midst
in ways that have been both
of that even when it comes
healthy and unhealthy. What
with a leaky roof.
I have longed for in that grief
is the one thing that I cannot
have: the chance to process
Consolation it with Brewster, to sit as we
in the Midst of used to in the chapel at Saint
Grief and Loss Annes Church in Abington
and hear him say, Come on,
The Rev. Jonathan Mitchican Jonathan, lets talk about what
God is doing in all this.
Back in October, my good
friend and colleague in min- I have lost people before
istry, Fr. Brewster Hastings, friends, family members,
died quite unexpectedly at the parishioners but there is
age of fifty-five. I had no idea something unique about los-
how important he was to me ing your spiritual father. The
until he was suddenly gone. tradition of having a spiritual

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father or mother is an ancient al children into his own soul,

one, going back to the early their life into his life. It is his
Church. The first spiritual fa- task to pray for them, and his
thers were elder monks who constant intercession on their
worked with younger monks behalf is more important to
to guide them along in their them than any words of coun-
religious vocations. So far as sel. This is how it was with
possible, wrote St. Antony Brewster. He was my men-
of Egypt in the third century, tor, my guide, and at times
for every step that a monk my confessor. He prayed for
takes, for every drop of water me ceaselessly. He looked af-
that he drinks in his cell, he ter me. He did more than just
should entrust the decision to give me advice. He walked the
the Old Men, to avoid mak- path with me.
ing some mistake in what he
does. On one of the first occasions
that I met Brewster, after a
From this beginning, the tra- gathering with some other
dition grew to encompass clergy, I asked him if he would
secular clergy and lay people pray for me. I had been suf-
as well. Though often monks fering from severe headaches
and nuns, spiritual fathers and and struggling with internal
mothers can come from many spiritual flux. I do not know
walks of life. The modern title what made me ask him, but he
spiritual director does not was more than willing. He laid
quite capture their role. As hands on my head and prayed
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware aloud, unabashedly confident
puts it, It is not enough for in the Lord, and I could in-
[a spiritual father] to offer stantly feel the presence of
advice. He is also required to the Holy Spirit. My headache
take up the soul of his spiritu- disappeared and my heart felt

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at ease. We met for lunch a and I called him on it. I have

week later and informally es- never known anyone so quick
tablished a spiritual bond that to offer an apology or so ea-
would last for the next five ger to make amends. We had
years. many of the same struggles in
common, but he always took
It was not always easy. There responsibility for his actions.
were times when the word He taught me to do the same.
he had for me was discipline He showed me that it is in our
rather than kindness. I am brokenness that we draw clos-
stubborn and I do not like be- er to God.
ing told no. But as any kind of
What happens when someone
father knows, there are times
you have known like that dies?
when a child needs correc-
Where does the bond go? The
tion, when that is the loving
sins I confessed to him have
thing to do. I would get irritat-
died with him, but what about
ed with him, but more often
the graces we shared? Does he
than not I came to discover
still pray for me now, even as
that he had been right. When
I pray for him? Will he be my
I followed the guidance he
spiritual father again when we
gave me, I found a deeper re-
both meet in the kingdom, or
lationship with God. When I
was that a grace only meant
refused, it was usually because
for this world and this time?
I was not yet ready to give up
something that was getting Back in December, while
in the way of receiving Gods struggling with how to put
grace. all this together in my mind,
I Googled Brewsters name
He was not perfect by any hoping to find a link to one
stretch. He made mistakes, of the works of fiction that he
some of which really hurt me, wrote. Instead, I found an ar-

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ticle he wrote in 2014 on the me though. What he said was

topic of grief. To accept the all pretty standard, all stuff I
persons absence takes a form already knew, all things that
of trust, he wrote. Remem- I have said as a priest to oth-
ber the name Jesus means ers in the midst of their grief.
God saves or even Safe in What consoled me was the
God. The next step is to com- mere fact that this piece of
mend the person to Jesus, to writing survived at all and
the safety of God and trust he that I found it at that particu-
or she really is secure, dare we lar moment when I needed it.
say, most secure with him. Reading it felt like I was sitting
Brewster acknowledges that with Brewster again. It felt like
this is impossible for us to my prayer had been answered,
do on our own, as we sink that he was directing me once
over and over into missing again, processing my grief
the persons presence, but he with me, and pointing me as
says that it is the work of God always towards the place of Je-
in us, through our grief, to sus in the center of it all.
bring us to a place of such ac-
I am still processing. That
ceptance and faith. From an
may go on for some time. But
earthy point of view, it makes
God is in the middle of it with
no sense, he says. This com-
me. Slowly, I am learning to
mending of the loved one to
trust God with Brewster. The
the Lord Jesus only makes
bond we shared was always all
sense from the view of eterni-
for Gods glory anyway. May
Brewster rest in peace in the
presence of the Lord he loved
Here was consolation from
so very much.
God in the midst of my grief.
It was not what Brewster Goodbye, old friend. I will see
wrote exactly that consoled you again.

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What Once Was and write. You, my mother

Lost told me gently, need to go
to kindergarten to learn how
Carrie Willard to keep track of your things.
She was right. This was in the
I have two older sisters who aftermath of my forgetting my
both grew up to be teachers. lunchbox and thermos full of
They are about ten years older milk at school, and that ther-
than I am, and we lived in a mos was never the same after
very rural part of Wisconsin, that.
and there was no cable or in-
ternet at our house. In other That year, while I was still
words, we had a lot of time on learning the heavy weight of
our hands, and my sisters used responsibility that burdens
that time to teach me how to young students, I lost a li-
read and write and do math. brary book. The title of the
And so, by the time I got to book was Snow. I remember
kindergarten, I could read searching the house, high
fairly proficiently, while other and low, and the book could
children were still picking out not be found anywhere. The
the letters in their names. teacher had all of the other
students in class search their
When I complained to my cubbies, and it was nowhere
mom that I wasnt being chal- to be found. I had to stay in-
lenged, she told me that ev- side from recess to write a
erybody goes to kindergarten disciplinary plan for my lost
for different reasons. Some book, and I was told that the
kids go to learn how to be plan would be kept in my per-
away from their parents every manent disciplinary record. I
day, and other kids go to kin- dont remember what I wrote,
dergarten to learn how to read but I imagine it said some-

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thing like, I promise never disciplinary folks might have

to lose anything ever again. It been a little heavy handed in
took me years before I would their dealings with little ol
check out another library me; but I was from a poor
book, even though I loved school district, so maybe they
reading. just had to keep a tight leash
on their library books. In any
Imagine my surprise when, event, the relief I felt that my
years later, I developed a dif- file didnt contain the dread-
ferent kind of plan to grad- ed plan was immense, and I
uate high school a year early couldnt believe that Id hung
(see above: rural Wisconsin). on to the shame of it for so
I held my breath as my high long.
school guidance counselor
opened my file to review the By that time, I had developed
number of credits I was tak- quite a system for not losing
ing, imagining my scrawled anything ever again. I checked
kindergarten plan fluttering pockets for keys, backpack for
out and dashing my dreams of homework, and never came to
graduating early. How could class unprepared. The thought
they let someone so irrespon- of losing anything stressed me
sible get by with just three out.
years of high school? Surely
Id have to take the full four By the time I got to law school,
years to learn my responsibil- at a doctors appointment ad-
ity lesson. dressing the twin demons of
anxiety and depression, my
Guess what? The kindergar- doctor found a third diag-
ten-library-book-plan was nosis: obsessive compulsive
not in my file! Imagine that! disorder. She began asking
I think the elementary school me questions about my clos-

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et, and how it was organized. I didnt get a gold star in my

What do you mean? I asked. chart, but I did get a new di-
agnosis, and I never looked at
Well, you know, are all the my closet the same way again.
shirts together, and all the
skirts, and all of the dresses, Obsessive compulsive disor-
or are they all mixed up to- der, or OCD, is great fodder
gether? for pop psychology humor
and quippy memes, but living
Theyre all organized by with it is not all that funny. It
type, I said, wondering what can be agonizing and distract-
kind of gold star Id get, or ing and embarrassing.
maybe if she wanted me to
take a look at the clinics filing The lilies of the field and the
system. birds of the sky dont hold
much water with me, but the
What would happen if one widow with the lost coin?
of the skirts was in with the Shes my girl. Those photos
shirts in your closet? she where things are neatly ar-
asked. ranged and organized by col-
or? I gaze at them to lower my
blood pressure.
Why would anyone do that?
With therapy and medication,
Would you be able to leave Ive been fortunate to keep
your apartment if the closet my mental health trifecta
wasnt in order? manageable. But introducing
children into the mix didnt
Goodnees, no. But who help. Pacifiers. Puzzle pieces.
would do that to my closet? Legos. Library booksoh,
What kind of monster the library books.

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I could kind of keep up with tice in his backpack, my heart

the stuff of one child, but sinks a bit. The law-and-or-
along with a second baby, we derliness of obsessive com-
introduced a new phrase into pulsive disorder pairs up with
our family lexicon: better a heap of anxiety, and I forget
than it was. all about the grace in better
than it was. I might get an eye
Is the toy room clean? twitch, and there is definitely
going to be some digestive
Its better than it was before. hell to pay if the library book
isnt located post-haste. I want
What about the sock situation my kids to care about keeping
in the laundry room? track of their things, especial-
ly the library books oh my
Better than it was. goodness, the library books.
Did you sleep well last night? But I dont want to give them
their own disorder, even if,
Better than I did last year at selfishly, it would make the
this time. house tidier. I want to show
them the grace that has been
Good enough has become shown to me, and I dont want
good enough. There is grace them to have angst about
in better than it was, and their permanent record, like
in a little bit of slapdashery. I did. Id like them to know
Lowered standards have be- that I need to be forgiven for
come the key to getting any both the untidiness and the
sleep at night. lost items, and also for my ob-
sessiveness over them. I need
I tell myself this, but when one forgiveness for the empha-
of the kids comes home with sis Ive put on maintaining a
a library-book-past-due no- clean permanent record.

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The real grace, of course, is missing Tae Kwon Do belt all

that our real Permanent Re- in the same day. I practically
cord doesnt exist. The library skipped out of school, feel-
books, the unwritten thank- ing like the shepherd with a
you notes, and the untidy, un- whole herd of the formerly
holy mess within and without lost sheep, the widow with
do not matter at the foot of the all of the gold coins, and the
cross. All of the disciplinary mother hen in Matthew 23,
plans that we imagine could gathering her chicks close to
float out at any moment have her. Yes, I realize that all of
already been shredded by the those stories have to do with
crucifixion. This makes me lost souls and not the Lost
somewhat uneasy at times, and Found bin. But the relief
because it really doesnt feel I felt was just the glimpse of
all that tidy. Id like to rely on grace that I needed.
my own (even disordered)
thinking and responsibility in This piece first appeared in
order to be found worthy of Mockingbird (www.mbird.
redemption, even if it means com).
tracking down all of the miss-
ing library books. On the oth-
er hand, it is a great relief not
to have to, and an enormous

Its been a long time since

that kindergarten disciplinary
plan, but now I have my very
own kindergartner. Earlier
this week, we found two of his
missing library books and his

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Anglicans, including mem- sets about his task with clear
bers of the Episcopal Church, prose, and maps out the aids
probably hear and recite more we need to access Pauls mes-
Scripture than most Chris- sage. Throughout the book, he
tians. At every Eucharist, they bids us to read the whole letter
hear three lessons usually in one go, over and over again,
one from the Old Testament, while bearing in mind differ-
part of an Epistle and one of ent points the Apostle seeks to
the Gospels and they say or make to a church he founded,
sing a Psalm; at Morning and but which has been taken over
Evening Prayer, they hear two by Teachers who insist that
lessons and read or sing a larg- new Christians must be cir-
er section from the Psalms. cumcised before they are bap-
One cant attend a Baptism, tized and that they must con-
a Marriage, or an Ordination tinue to keep the Jewish Law.
without being deluged with
Bible. One wonders why there St. Paul asserts his authority
seems so much anecdotal as an Apostle. He insists that
evidence that Anglicans are there is no middle way. The
remarkably ignorant about Galatians can either accept
Scripture. the authentic Faith or be cut
off from communion with the
Jon Jordan is a teacher and Church. Jon, very wisely, tells
a member of the Episcopal us to avoid inserting our con-
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the text. St. Paul is teaching major themes and yes, we

that the function of the Old are urged to read the entire
Testament law became obso- Epistle at the end of all eight
lete when Christ died for us chapters. My only regret is
all but this does not make that Jon didnt make more of
us lawless. Through Baptism, the connection between the
we become Spirit-filled wom- gift of the Holy Spirit and bap-
en and men, called to the tism. I hope that, in this, Jon
law of love. All differences of isnt permitting contemporary
race, culture, and gender are conflicts to impinge on the
washed away when we become text.
sons and daughters of God;
Im glad to recommend this
after that, we are called to live
slim volume. It is worth more
lives which demonstrate the
than its weight.
practical implications of our
being one in Christ.
Being Christian, Rowan
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There are chapters on how to
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on Paul and on the Galatian and a number of responses
church and its problems. An emerge. He was Archbishop
excellent chapter on Pauls of Canterbury in a time of
use of the Old Testament is turmoil within the Anglican
worth reading and printing Communion. He is the Master
off for further reference. The of a Cambridge college with a
rest of the book identifies the name which is pronounced

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one way (like maudlin) and perhaps the first list of crucial
spelt in another (Magda- Christian identity marks to be
lene). He is a Baron. He has found in the Acts of the Apos-
enormous eyebrows. He is a tles: They continued in the
poet; a philosopher; a theolo- Apostles doctrine and fellow-
gian with more degrees than ship, in the breaking of bread
a thermometer; a kind and and prayer.
saintly man. He sometimes
On Baptism, Bishop Williams
writes paragraphs of great
remarks that from the earliest
length and content that seems
days of the Church, the rite of
to pass human understand-
baptism was identified with
ing, yet he can also write in
plunging with Jesus into death
a language understanded of
and rising to new life, and as-
the people, as his predecessor
sociated with Jesus own bap-
Thomas Cranmer put it.
tism by John the Baptist, So
The late P. D. James described the beginning of Christian life
the first of the two titles re- is a new beginning of Gods
viewed here as elegant and creative work. And just as Je-
lucid. Of the second, his sus came up out of the water,
successor, Archbishop Justin receiving the Spirit and hear-
Welby, a man of plain speech, ing the voice of the Father, so
wrote, Here is quite the most for the newly baptized Chris-
beautiful writing on disciple- tian the voice of God says,
ship I know. You are my son/daughter,
as the individual begins his
In Being Christian, Dr. Wil-
or her new life in association
liams has written short chap-
with Jesus.
ters, concluding with lists of
pertinent questions on Bap- Another quotation worth
tism, the Bible, Eucharist, and contemplation: If you think
Prayer themes one finds in of the vast expense of copying

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out manuscripts in the ancient at all if you do not believe in

world, and of the number of the resurrection.
manuscripts you have to copy On prayer, Rowan writes:
out to get a complete Bible, That, in a nutshell, is prayer
you will understand why the letting Jesus pray in you,
ancient world was not awash, and beginning that lengthy
as we are, with spare Bibles. and often very tough process
People learned the Bible. They by which our selfish thoughts
recited it to one another. They and ideals and hopes are grad-
copied out stretches of it, of- ually aligned with his eter-
ten from memory. That is nal action; just as, in his own
why there are so many slight- earthly life, his human fears
ly faulty quotations from the and hopes and desires and
Bible in early Christian liter- emotions are put into the con-
ature, because not even then text of his love for the Father,
were peoples memories per- woven into his eternal relation
fect. with the Father even in that
moment of supreme pain and
Speaking of the Apostles eat- mental agony that he endures
ing and drinking with his the night before his death.
disciples, as he broke bread,
blessed the cup, and the disci- In the second slim book, Be-
ples knew he was there: And ing Disciples, Williams writes
that is why, throughout the terse and vivid chapters on
centuries since, Christians discipleship, faith, hope and
have been able to say exactly love, forgiveness, holiness,
what the Apostles say: they faith in society, and life in the
are the people with whom Je- Spirit. In this pithy couple of
sus ate and drank after he was sentences, he defines disciple-
raised from the dead. Holy ship: The disciple is not there
Communion makes no sense to jot down ideas and then go

summer 2017 39

away and think about them. still for people to open up, suf-
The disciple is where he or she ficiently quiet and unanxious
is in order to be changed; so for people to learn that they
that the way in which he or can receive what the ultimate
she sees and experiences the truth of the universe wants to
whole world changes. give them.

The contemporary world sets On forgiveness: The Eucha-

enormous roadblocks in front rist is our symbol of what it
of our understanding of what would mean for the Lords
truth means to a Christian. Prayer to be answered ful-
Yet at the same time we have ly; God feeding his people
what we have learned to call through the death and resur-
the post-modern perspective, rection of Jesus, which estab-
in which any one view may lishes that new community of
be as good as any other, and the Spirit in which forgiveness
one persons claim to truth (let is the common currency.
alone absolute truth) can be
regarded by others as offen- On holiness, Theres the
sive or oppressive. We are in catch: if you want to be holy,
a period that St. John of the stop thinking about it. If you
Cross might have described want to be holy, look at God.
in his characteristic language, If you want to be holy, enjoy
as a dark night for the intelli- Gods world, enter into it as
gence. So Williams proposes, much as you can in love and
Just as it is a great challenge service. And who knows,
for the Church to be a place maybe one day someone will
that is dependable, a place say of you, You know, when
that is patient, it is also a great I met them, the landscape
challenge for the Church to looked different.
become a place sufficiently

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Bishop Williams sums up we are able, somehow, to go

in these compelling words: on asking those questions, we
What keeps us going as disci- may have no guaranteed rec-
ples? Self-awareness and still- ipe for success, but we will at
ness, growth and joy. These least be giving God the open-
are the building blocks of a life ing to enter our lives and be at
of discipleship that can stand home in us. We will be offer-
up to everything around us, ing to God our longing to be
in the Church and the world with Jesus, wherever he may
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No Cheap Grace they live and the message

they convey to us are almost
The Rev. Daniel J. S. Stroud universally and intentional-
ly uncomfortable. Prophets
There are few pleasures great- are intended to drag us from
er in life than to find yourself our comfort into discomfort,
underneath a blanket by a from complacency to action;
crackling fire with nothing to they are intended to turn our
do but admire the snow accu- attention to important mat-
mulating outside while you ters we have neglected, and to
are wrapped in warmth as drive us to reorient ourselves
the world seems to have gone back towards God.
cold all around. The feeling of
comfort as you are both liter- We know that, as a rule,
ally and figuratively insulated things contract as they get
from all that is happening in colder; water, however, ex-
the broader world brings an pands when it freezes so that
ease to the day that you rarely ice floats. Likewise, in Isaiah
feel in the freneticism of our 40, the pattern breaks, and
modern society. Soft fabrics we see the exceedingly rare
and contentment, however, occasion where a prophet is
are a far cry from camel hair, ordered to console the people:
lions dens, and cries to re- Comfort ye, comfort ye my
pent. people, saith your God. Speak
ye comfortably to Jerusalem,
We dont usually associate the and cry unto her, that her
idea of comfort with prophets. warfare is accomplished, that
Quite the opposite, prophets her iniquity is pardoned: for
frequently meet with some she hath received of the Lords
form of violence as a result of hand double for all her sins.
their witness. Both the lives (Isa 40:1-2 KJV)

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Here we dont see any sack- sign of trouble. Those words

cloth and ash; Isaiah does not of comfort follow a time of tri-
appear to have the matted al; they come once Israel has
hair and diet of locusts that had time to repent and return
gave John his wild appear- to the Lord. They are ready to
ance, he does not risk all by hear the words of consolation
standing in opposition to and only after they have opened
condemnation of those who themselves to Gods grace
are leading Israel astray. In- through repentance.
stead, Gods messenger Isaiah
goes before Gods people Isra- This is no less true today than
el and speaks to their wearied it was for the Hebrews then.
souls words of peace and so- When we find that we have
lace. Even the words Speak wandered away from the life
ye comfortably to Jerusalem God is calling us to live, an
comes from a Hebrew phrase immediate restoration is not
that translates literally as what we need; in the end,
speak to the heart a phrase cheap grace feels just that:
sometimes meant to convey cheap. Without our repen-
encouragement, praise, and tance, such grace would not
reassurance, and sometimes offer any kind of comfort or
meant to convey affection and solace, but would simply be us
the tender concern of a lover getting away with our wrong-
for his beloved. Here it means doing.
Last winter, there was a story
Those who have been in exile, in our local news: a 94-year-
suffering, adrift, and lost, hear old man from Atlantic City, NJ
spoken words of consolation told of how he had acciden-
and peace. These words how- tally broken another childs
ever, do not come at the first glasses on the playground. It

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was going to cost two dollars even in his guilt he had nev-
to replace the glasses and he er until now truly repented of
panicked. His family had a his sin, never until now tried
cleaning woman named Pearl to put it right, and so had nev-
who came each week and was er been able to feel the burden
paid two dollars for her labor; lifted, never been able to fully
his mother would leave her feel Gods grace; he was, for all
payment out for her. In his of his success, unconsoled.
fear, he took Pearls payment.
When Pearl asked his moth- And so it is for all of us. For
er for her wages, the mother the words of comfort to actu-
thought shed already been ally be comfortable, we must
paid and accused her of trying recognize our own sinfulness
to scam them and fired her. and shortcoming and strive to
Word got around that Pearl re-order our life. Fortunately,
was a thief, and she couldnt we do not have to be physi-
find any work to provide for cally taken into exile before
her and her children. Gods grace is offered; that
offer has been made perfect-
This man went on to become ly and perpetually by Christ,
a doctor, specializing in he- but it is predicated upon our
matology and oncology. He repentance.
spent his life helping others,
saving the lives of numerous Though there is discomfort in
people. No one knew the sto- confession and repentance, it
ry but him. Hed gotten away is far outstripped by the in-
with it. Hed escaped any sort escapable discomfort caused
of consequence, but in his by our own conviction. That
heart this guilt ate away at conviction will continue to
him. He knew hed wandered. hound us until we do that
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and turn back to God. When an invitation

we do, we will finally be able The Very Rev. William
to hear those words in the Willoughby III
mouth of Isaiah, fresh and Many in our culture look for
clear as they were intended to consolation in the wrong
be heard, Comfort ye, Com- place. Instead of searching for
fort ye my people. Speak to it in a vision of God that ac-
the heart the warfare now knowledges our dependence
is accomplished. on Grace, we often rely on
superficial and feel-good
There will be for us no cheap solutions. Thirty-five years of
grace, though that is all for parish ministry convinces me
the best, as cheap grace is that consolation cannot be
not worth having. The grace cultivated quickly or super-
God offers was won through ficially, but must be pursued
pain, suffering, and the cross. assiduously and faithfully. It
Rather than cheap grace there must be centered on loyalty
stands ready a boundless to Jesus and the vision which
fount, pouring out abundant the Church preserves in the
grace, hope, and comfort on Gospels. I have found over the
all who return to it. It is there years that the cultivation of a
that we can rest not in a com- pattern of adoring our Lord in
fort of ease, but the true com- the Blessed Sacrament, com-
fort of rest and restoration, bined with a lively Eucharis-
safe in the tender love of the tic devotion, give space and
grace of God. time which not only promote
an increase of loyalty to Jesus
but provide context by which
our Lord provides consolation
that can only be experienced
as Grace.
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The love of money and the but they leave us wanting be-
love of power are powerfully cause they can never take the
arrayed in competition with place of a lively relationship
the love of Jesus. It might be with the Lord. On the other
observed that in some circles hand, when money and con-
it has replaced the love of Je- trol, power and sex is placed
sus. We have a great gift in in the context of a dynamic
the Blessed Sacrament which, relationship with God in Je-
when used judiciously and sus Christ they can be creative
strategically, can make true tools by which we are co-cre-
consolation known to every ators with the maker of heav-
longing heart and gracefully en and earth. It is in the pres-
introduce our Lord concrete- ence of the One who makes all
ly to those in need. When things new that we can learn
lovingly and caringly taught, how money and power can be
devotion to the Blessed Sac- used to liberate. It is by hum-
rament of the Altar can win bly submitting ourselves to
the hearts and minds of all the One who humbled him-
sorts and conditions of men, self to become one with us
women and children to the that we can learn the real joy
person and purpose of Jesus. of a life under control and lux-
The world offers many rem- uriating in authentic intimacy.
edies for the lost and broken Jesus has paid the price of our
of spirit, but all of them have salvation that we might live
a price attached which often into such joy and He offers
costs more than we can pay or Himself freely on hundreds of
have the substance to engage. thousands of altars around the
Money and control, pow- world that we might find the
er and sex, all promise more consolation of divine love and
than they can deliver. They use the gifts at our disposal
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sharing the abundant life our conceits and the wiles of the
Lord makes available. Jesus is devil. Just as the Book of Rev-
the antidote for the sin-sick elation of St John the Divine
soul; He is the tonic for the was given to the Church in
weary heart and the food that order to give a glimpse of the
gives us strength when cour- hope to come in the midst of
age fails. Jesus in the Bless- trials and tribulation, promot-
ed Sacrament reserved and ing loyalty to God when called
freshly re-presented on Gods to bear witness at great peril;
Altar invites us to come apart so the Blessed Sacrament can
for a while and partake of the steel us and embolden us to
substance of God that has in- stand firm in the days before
fused the creation from the the return of the Lord. In this
beginning. It is here that we way we not only find consola-
can find true consolation and tion but might live as a sign of
learn the grammar of grace. A consolation.
grammar made rich when we
share freely from the heart of Adoration and communion
our relation with the One in of the Blessed Sacrament
whom we have our Being. should inspire us to work for
the healing of Christendom.
In the presence and reception We are too often inclined to
of the Blessed Sacrament of forget that the divided state of
our Lords Body and Blood the the Church is a great source
priceless gift of our restoration of sorrow to our Lord. In the
is being realized in ways that presence of the Blessed Sac-
we can barely understand. This rament it is our vital work to
is partly because God wants us desire the heart of God. Here
to have a glimpse of the glory we can remember that God is
to come, but mostly it is given grieved to see various parts of
to strengthen us against the the Body at variance with one

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another. In this way we will be stand the need for devotions

compelled to ask what can I that prepare us to make holy
do to promote the unity which Communions and prayers of
Jesus longs for us to have and thanksgiving for the opportu-
in so doing find consolation nity to receive the most holy
and manifest that consolation Body and Blood of our Lord.
in the places we are called to The multivalent and inter-
serve. Because the mystical connected way the gift of the
presence manifest in the Sac- Eucharist and the life it calls
rament of Christs Body and us into demands more than
Blood is not bound by time or a perfunctory, narrow or su-
space, race or geography there perficial engagement. The
can be no better place to ear- mystery by which the world
nestly pray for vision which is being transfigured in fact is
will inform and strengthen the crucible of life and conso-
our work for the unity of all lation. Devotion to, adoration
Gods people. Here we can directed towards and worship
dream Gods dream and ulti- of our Lord in the Blessed
mately long for the destruc- Sacrament of the Altar invite
tion of all barriers which we us into a vision and a place
erect against our Lords will that both transcends the local
that we all be one as He and and the particular and makes
the Father are one a conso- the universal evident in the
lation supremely to be longed specific, giving all who would
for in every corner of the pursue the evangelical call of
Church and World. the Eucharistic life a glimpse
and a gift of the consolation
Most Christian pilgrims, for which God intends for all cre-
it should be evident that all ation.
of us who bear the name of
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Creeping Grace The spare waiting room

lacked any decorations, and
The Rt. Rev. Jake Owensby its furnishings included half
a dozen plain wooden chairs.
Grace has a way of creeping For a miserably long half hour,
up on us. Before we realize it, my rear end grew increasing-
Jesus has been at work shap- ly numb, and I struggled with
ing us into his very own Body. the impulse to walk out.
Were just not able to see our-
selves as he does yet. Just as I had formulated the
perfect parting remark and
For instance, I had a major decided to leave, the therapist
surgery when I was in my emerged from her office with
early twenties. The surgeon a softened expression and
prescribed months of post-op warmly invited me in. We sat
rehab. As soon as possible, I across a small table from each
showed up at the therapists other with a cassette player
office. between us. Several big but-
tons formed the front of the
The woman who greeted me device. Play. Record. Rewind.
there eyed me warily and, Fast Forward. Stop.
with a chill in her voice, told
me I would have to wait while She said, Youve been speak-
she reviewed my file. What- ing without a soft palate for
ever it was I had been ex- over twenty years. Youve just
pecting from a therapist, this had a major surgery to correct
wasnt it. I realized that she a speech impediment. Your
was a speech therapist, not a pharyngeal flap will make
psychological counselor. But it possible for you to make
I wasnt prepared for the Big sounds that were physically
Nurse routine. impossible for you, like S. But

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youll have to do exactly what recording of my own nasal,

I tell you to do. garbled speech was torture.

This was pretty much what I I cant do that, I told her. I

had expected to hear. Life as cant bear to hear myself like
I had always known it was a that.
struggle to make myself un-
derstood. After all, I was born She said evenly, If you want
without the soft part of the to get better, you have to do
roof of my mouth. this.

As a toddler, I had received She said, Just talk to me for

the first surgery designed to a minute, and hit the record
begin the repair of my birth button.
defect. But the second sur-
gery had never happened. I For a couple of minutes I pro-
couldnt say S and badly gar- tested into the machine. She
bled the letter J. My speech punched the stop button and
was distressingly nasal. said, Thats enough. Now lis-
ten carefully to this and well
My therapist continued, You talk about it.
havent heard yourself since
the surgery, have you? A voice I had never heard
spoke to me from that little
She reached for the cassette machine. Its the voice that
player, and my heart froze. Ive come to recognize as my
Speaking to others antic- own.
ipating the rejection and the
ridicule and the assumptions You dont need speech thera-
about my low intelligence py, she said. When you first
was hard enough; hearing a came in, I assumed that you

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had a mental problem. We get I used that new mechanism

that here sometimes. People correctly with no instruc-
go to the wrong office. So I tion. Once the trauma from
figured I had to get rid of you. the surgery had subsided, my
But when I read your file, I speech sounded like that of
realized that you just werent any normal Southern guy. I
able to hear your new voice just wasnt able to hear it. In
yet. other words, knowing my-
self as a person with normal
I just wasnt able to hear my speech was going to take
new voice yet. some time.

Even when we get a new life, it To put this another way: Even
takes some time to know and after youve been healed, it
accept who weve been made can take a while to recognize
into. and to accept yourself as a
healed person.
A surgeons skill had given me
an entirely new life. A pha- In my case, I had over two
ryngeal flap closed the airway decades of living as an out-
from my voice box through sider. The surgical procedure
my nose, mimicking what a had done nothing to remove
normal palate does inside the my habits of defensiveness,
mouth of most people. Thats fear, and loneliness. I still per-
how we make sounds like S ceived myself as deformed
and J. A scalpel in the hands and off-putting.
of a professional had given me
the mechanism for normal I have to admit, when I read
speech. a story like Jesus healing of
the ten lepers, my own expe-
By what seems like a miracle, rience with healing influences

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my understanding of whats but we just arent able to see

going on. (Luke 17:11-19) ourselves as he does yet.

Jesus heals ten lepers. Only We see this same pattern in

one comes back to say thank Jesus own life. After emerg-
you. Some teachers and ing from the tomb, the risen
preachers assume that the Jesus walked the earth for for-
other nine lepers felt no grat- ty days. According to Ronald
itude. They went about their Rolheiser, even Jesus had to
merry way without acknowl- get used to being a new cre-
edging Jesus mercy. ation.

It may be that those nine lep- Grace creeps up on us. It does

ers were a bunch of ingrates. its work on us before we even
But it could also be that they realize it. Our self-perception
had grown so accustomed to and our perception of oth-
feeling repulsive and to being er people lags behind the
shunned by their community reality that Jesus is bringing
that they continued viewing about.
themselves as lepers. They
just couldnt see their own Some of us will keep berat-
smooth, healthy skin. ing ourselves as jerks long
after weve been forgiven.
The risen Jesus gives all of Even when our old wounds
us a new life. In Baptism, he are nearly healed, we might
weaves us into his very own struggle with kicking the hab-
Body. The bread and the wine it of resentment. Some of us
of Holy Eucharist gradually have been treated as outsiders
deepens our participation in for so long that we have trou-
his divine life. Jesus is chang- ble recognizing ourselves as
ing us, giving us a new life, the beloved children of God.

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But over time through the

power of the Sacraments, in
the love of the community,
in service to the poor and
the marginalized we begin
to recognize and accept our- The Rev. James Krammer
selves as the Body of Christ. Alcorn, 75, in Sugar Land,
TX. A graduate of Trinity
I would like to think that, in University and the School of
their own time, each of those Theology at The University
nine lepers caught up with Je- of the South, he was ordained
sus somewhere or other and to the priesthood in 1971. He
began to see themselves as served parishes in San Anto-
he does and that is when nio, Kingsville, and Houston,
the real miracle happened for TX, as well as directing pasto-
them. Its the real miracle that ral care at St. Lukes Episcopal
happens for us: We no longer Hospital and, in retirement,
see others though the lens of serving as chaplain to retired
our old wounds and prejudic- clergy.
es and fears. We begin to see
others especially strang-
ers and foreigners as Jesus The Rev. Stephen Anku-
does. dowich, 68, in Tampa, FL. A
graduate of Trinity College
and the Episcopal Theological
School, he was ordained to the
priesthood in 1974. He served
parishes in Salem, Worces-
ter, and Wareham, MA; New
Canaan, CT; and Tampa and
Seminole, FL.

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The Rev. John M. Balcom, (Baltimore), and the Episco-

98, in Amherst, MA. A grad- pal Divinity School, she was
uate of the Episcopal Theo- ordained to the priesthood in
logical Seminary and Har- 1991. She served parishes in
vard Divinity School, he was Dorchester, Lexington, and
ordained to the priesthood Allston-Brighton, MA.
in 1942. He served parishes
in Walpole, Norwood, Hol-
The Rev. Floyd William
brook, Chelmsford, and New-
Brewer, 85, in Franklin, TN.
ton Highlands, MA; Ft. Yu-
A graduate of the University
kon, Nenana, Tanacross, and
of Florida and the School of
Fairbanks, AK; and Hook,
Theology at The University of
Surrey, England.
the South, he was ordained to
the diaconate in 1996 and the
The Rev. Susan Endicott priesthood in 1997. He served
Wright Bell, 84, in Shreve- parishes in Tampa and Palm
port, LA. A graduate of the Harbor, FL and, in retirement,
University of Texas, El Paso, served as a chaplain for retire-
Louisiana State University, ment homes in Tennessee.
Shreveport, and the Episcopal
Theological Seminary of the The Rev. Ervin Adams
Southwest, she was ordained Brown, III, 79, in Balti-
to the priesthood in 2002 fol-
more, MD. A graduate of
lowing a thirty-year career as
the University of Alabama,
a teacher. Indiana University, and Vir-
ginia Theological Seminary,
The Rev. Karen Zahniser he served parishes in Rux-
Bettacchi, 73, in Lexington, ton, Glyndon, St. Michaels,
MA. A graduate of Greenville and Baltimore, MD; Lynch-
College, Loyola University burg, VA; and Detroit, MI.

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The Rev. Robert James College of the Sequoias for 20

Crawford Brown, II, 84, in Ri- years.
pon, WI. A graduate of Ripon
College and Nashotah House The Rev. Edward Noyes
Theological Seminary, he was Burdick, II, 92, in Granville,
ordained to the diaconate in OH. A U.S. Army Air Corps
1956, and the priesthood in veteran of WWII and a grad-
1957. In addition to teaching uate of Yale University and
New Testament and Greek at Union Theological Seminary.
Nashotah House, and Greek He served as rector of St.
and Latin at Ripon College, Lukes Church, Granville, OH,
he served as Chaplain of the for 29 years.
Episcopal Campus Rectory
at the University of Wiscon- The Rev. Douglas Gray
sin, Milwaukee, and served Burgoyne, 86, in Newport
parishes in Ripon, Wautoma, News, VA. A graduate of Wil-
Milwaukee, Shullsburg, and liams College and the Episco-
Platteville, WI, and Galena, pal Theological School, he was
IL. ordained in 1958. He served
parishes in Ontario, OR; Wil-
The Rev. John William liamstown, MA; and Newport
Burbery, 84, in Visalia, CA. A News and Richmond, VA. In
graduate of UCLA, he served retirement, he served as in-
as an artillery officer for 25 terim rector for parishes in
years before enrolling at the Richmond and Ashland, VA,
Church Divinity School of as well as serving part-time in
the Pacific. Following his or- other parishes and doing sup-
dination to the priesthood, ply work.
he served parishes in the San
Joaquin Valley for 15 years. The Rev. Guy Harry
He also taught history at the Butler, 83, in Berlin, MD. A

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graduate of Franklin Marshall instructor during WWII,

College and Philadelphia Di- then returned to finish his de-
vinity School, he served par- gree. He was ordained to the
ishes in Harrisburg, Erie, and diaconate before continuing
Meadville, PA; Salisbury, MD; his studies at Trinity College,
and Grand Prairie and Jack- Cambridge, the University of
sonville, TX. He also served Strasbourg, the University of
as Stewardship Officer of the Zurich, and Colombia Uni-
Dioceses of Ruperts Land, versity. He taught briefly at
Keewatin and Brandon, Can- Vassar College and Barnard
ada. College, and as deacon at the
Cathedral of St. John the Di-
The Rev. Anna Marie vine, New York City, before
Butterbaugh, 59, in Pensaco- founding the Department of
la, FL. A graduate of the Uni- Religion at Trinity College,
versity of West Florida, Spring Hartford, CT.
Hill College, and the Episco-
pal Seminary of the South- The Rev. Bruce Henry
west, she was in her sixth year Cooke, 93, in West Lafayette,
serving as Priest-in-Charge of IN. A graduate of the Uni-
St. Johns Episcopal Church, versity of Michigan, the Uni-
Pensacola, at the time of her versity of Maryland, and the
death. Episcopal Theological School,
he served parishes in Mich-
The Rev. Edmond La igan, Wyoming, Missouri,
Beaume Cherbonnier, 99, Iowa, and Virginia. He also
in Hartford, CT. A graduate remained active in the Air
of Harvard College, he inter- Force Reserve and the Air Na-
rupted his studies at Union tional Guard, eventually at-
Theological Seminary to taining the rank of Brigadier
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in the founding of Trinity Ec- Professor in Christian Min-

umenical Parish Episcopal, istries at Seabury-Western
Lutheran, and Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
in Moneta, VA.
The Rev. Robert Joseph
The Rev. William Thomas Duval, 78, in Whitehall, PA. A
Dalton, 83, in Bonham, TX. graduate of Trinity College, he
Following his Army service served seven years in the U.S.
in the Korean Conflict, he Air Force, then spent 17 years
graduated from the Episcopal working in insurance, before
Theological Seminary. He was graduating from the School
ordained to the diaconate in of Theology at The University
1964, and served a parish in of the South. Following ordi-
Dallas before leaving active nation to the priesthood, he
ministry in 1967. Following a served parishes in Trumbull
35-year career in business, he and Hebron, CT.
was restored to the diaconate The Rev. Dwight Wood-
in 2002, and ordained to the bury Edwards, 86, in Pacif-
priesthood in 2004, going on ic Grove, CA. A graduate of
to serve parishes in Bonham the University of California,
and Denison, TX. Berkeley, and the Church Di-
vinity School of the Pacific,
The Rev. Dr. John La he was ordained to the priest-
Verne Dreibelbis, 82, in hood in 1955. He served St.
Evanston, IL. A graduate of Timothys, Mountain View,
the University of Chicago and as record for 17 years, then
Seabury Western Theological St. Marys by the Sea, Pacific
Seminary, he served parishes Grove, for 25 years.
in Evanston, Oak Park, and
Chicago, IL, as well as Huron, The Rev. John Phillip
SD. For 10 years, he was the Gorsuch, 85, in Milwaukee,

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WI. A graduate of Wesleyan The Rev. Dr. Margaret

University and Yale Divinity Adah Beltz Guenther, 87, in
School, he was ordained to Washington, D.C. A graduate
the priesthood in 1956, and of the University of Kansas,
served parishes in Washing- Radcliffe College (Harvard),
ton, D.C.; Great Bend, KS; and General Theological
and Yakima and Seattle, WA. Seminary, she led many re-
He also founded the Center treats, was the author of many
for Spiritual Development, in books, served St. Columbas
Seattle. In retirement, he con-Episcopal Church in North-
tinued to offer workshops and west D.C., and was Professor
lead retreats. Emerita of Ascetical Theology
at General Theological Semi-
nary, where she also served
The Rev. Gordon Bud- for many years as Director of
dy Boone Gudger, Jr., 84, the Center for Christian Spir-
in Baytown, TX. A graduate ituality.
of Texas A&M University, he
served three years in the U.S. The Rev. Dr. Richard
Army before beginning his Charles Dick Hall, 81, in
studies at the Seminary of the Pasadena, CA. A graduate of
Southwest. He was ordained Hamilton College, General
to the priesthood in 1961, Theological Seminary, and
then spent nine years serv- Claremont Graduate Univer-
ing several Texas parishes. He sity, he served as a mission-
spent five years working as a ary in the Philippines and as
chemical engineer, then re- rector of a parish in Corona,
turned to full-time ministry CA. He was also very involved
for 18 years before retiring, in community development
having served ten congrega- which, among other things,
tions in Texas. led him to found the Corona

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Free Clinic and direct the St. The Rev. Hope Gwendlyn
Barnabas Senior Center in Phillips Koski, 77, in Gaines-
Los Angeles. ville, FL. A graduate of the
University of Connecticut,
Union Theological Seminary,
The Rev. Canon Michael and Nashotah House Sem-
Kent Hansen, 71, in Sausalito, inary, she was ordained to
CA. A graduate of the Univer- the priesthood in 1983 one
sity of St. Thomas, he taught of the first 100 women to be
at St. Peter Claver Catholic ordained in the Episcopal
School in St. Paul, and served Church. She later became the
as a priest in Minnesota, be- first woman in the Diocese of
fore spending more than 20 Long Island to be appointed
years as the Executive Officer rector of a parish, and later
and Deployment Officer of became Dean of the region,
the Episcopal Diocese of Cal- overseeing 10 parishes. She
ifornia. served as rector of St. Law-
rence of Canterbury Church,
The Rev. Clifford Eugene in Dix Hills, NY for 17 years.
Kent, 96, in Santa Rosa, CA. In retirement, she served as
A graduate of Purdue Univer- an interim in Chiefland, and
sity, he spent more than 40 assisted in other area parish-
years as a chemical engineer es.
before graduating from the
Church Divinity School of the
Pacific. After his ordination The Rev. Barrett Kelland
to the priesthood, he served Lindsey, 75, in Spokane, WA.
multiple parishes in northern He served parishes in Oklaho-
California, including in Sara- ma; Honolulu, HI; Portland,
toga, Kenwood, and Santa OR; and Seattle and Spokane,
Rosa. WA.

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The Rev. Robert James throughout North America

Mayer, 84, in Cupertino, CA. and Australia.
A graduate of Brandeis Uni-
versity and a veteran of the The Rev. Edward Moray
Korean Conflict, he pursued Peoples, Jr., 78, Louisville,
a career in software develop- KY. A graduate of Marshall
ment. He was ordained to the University and the School of
priesthood in 1971, and as a Theology at The University
non-stipendiary priest in the of the South, he served as a
dioceses of California and El chaplain in the U.S. Air Force,
Camino Real. He served as an as well as serving parishes in
interim pastor for congrega- Virginia, West Virginia, and
tions all over the South Bay Kentucky.
The Rev. Roderick Ken-
The Rev. John Holbrook neth Potter, 83, in Augusta,
Parke, 100, in Springfield, ME. A graduate of Bates Col-
MA. A graduate of Prince- lege and General Theological
ton University and General Seminary, he was ordained
Theological Seminary, he was to the priesthood in 1963. He
ordained to the priesthood in served as vicar of St. Lukes
1942. He served as an Army Episcopal Church in Farm-
Chaplain in WWII and, af- ington for 17 years before
ter the war, served parishes training as a pastoral care and
in Massachusetts; Newport chemical dependency coun-
Beach, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; sellor. He also served parish-
and Falls Church, VA. He es in Gardiner and Hallowell,
also served several years as ME.
director of the International
Order of St. Luke the Physi- The Rev. Mary Elizabeth
cian, leading healing missions Pratt-Horsley, 70, in Los

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gathering telling

Osos, CA. A graduate of Rut- University of North Caroli-

gers University and San Jose na Chapel Hill, and Gener-
State University, she spent al Theological Seminary, he
several years teaching French was ordained to the diaconate
at Ohlone Community Col- in 1974, and the priesthood
lege before returning to study in 1975. He served parishes
at the Church Divinity School in Asheville, Kings Moun-
of the Pacific. Following her tain, and Bessemer City, NC,
ordination to the priesthood, and Baton Rouge, LA; he
she served as the director also served as an interim for
of the Santa Maria Urban parishes in Asheville, Salis-
Ministry of San Jose, then as bury, Cashiers, Boone, Rocky
the rector of St. Benedicts Mount, and Lincolnton, NC.
Church, Los Osos.
The Rev. Charles William
The Rev. David Lee Price,Tait, 93, in Seattle, WA. His
69, in Snohomish, WA. Fol- studies at Harvard College
lowing several years of ser- were interrupted by WWII,
vice in the U.S. Air Force, he
during which he served as
graduated from Alaska Pacif- a translator of Japanese and
ic University, the UniversityGerman, and a post-war pe-
of Alaska, Anchorage, and riod with a special counterin-
Seabury-Western Theological telligence company assigned
Seminary. He was ordained to to track down Nazi war crim-
the priesthood, then served inals; he eventually complet-
parishes in Mill Creek and ed his studies at Harvard.
Darrington, WA. He then spent several years
working for the State Depart-
The Rev. John Carlton ment, before he began study-
Southern, Jr., 70, in Ashe- ing at Virginia Theological
ville, NC. A graduate of the Seminary. He was ordained to

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the priesthood in 1962, taught Jeannette, Pittsburgh, Oak-

at Bishop Tucker College (an mont, and Charleroi, PA;
Anglican seminary in Ugan- Berea, OH; and Anchorage,
da), and served as a parish Palmer, Wasilla, Juneau, AK.
priest in Wellesley, MA, be- A decorated Vietnam-era vet-
fore returning to teaching for eran, he served 23 years of ac-
19 years. tive and reserve duty, earning
numerous awards for merito-
The Rev. Dr. John Harvey rious service before retiring as
Thomas, 88, in Sandwich, a full colonel.
MA. A graduate of University
of Maine, Orono, and Epis- The Rev. Glen Miley
copal Theological School, he Wilcox, 88, in Fairbanks, AK.
was ordained to the diaconate A graduate of Hamline Uni-
in June 1958, and the priest- versity and Berkeley Episco-
hood in December 1958. He pal Seminary at Yale Univer-
served as diocesan vicar to sity, he was ordained to both
the former Otis Air Force the diaconate and the priest-
Base, and quickly became the hood in 1953. He began as an
de facto priest of St. Johns, overseas missionary to terri-
Sandwich; he was installed as torial Alaska, where he served
the first rector of St. Johns in parishioners in Anvik, Shage-
1969, and retired from that luk, Holikachuk (the present
position in 1993. day Grayling people), and the
mission at Bethel, while also
The Rev. Ralph Fellows serving in multiple non-re-
Wagner, 88, in Palmer, AK. ligious roles (e.g., postmas-
A graduate of Pennsylvania ter, marriage commissioner,
State University and Nasho- airline contract agent, village
tah House Theological Sem- radio operator, welfare agent,
inary, he served parishes in school generator operator,

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and tooth extractor). He lat- the Church of the Good Shep-
er served parishes in Cordo- herd in Ogden, UT, before
va and Valdez. He went on becoming the Archdeacon of
to set up the first alcoholism the Diocese of Utah.
programs throughout Alaska,
as the coordinator of the Of- The Rev. Walter William
fice of Alcoholism, and later Witte, Jr., 89, in Vinyard Hav-
served as coordinator of the en, MA. A graduate of Hobart
Office of Aging, and the Fair- College, the Berkley Divinity
banks chief of Health and So- School at Yale University, and
cial Services, before opening Union Theological Seminary,
a real estate firm. He became he was ordained to the priest-
certified to teach comput- hood in 1954. As a bi-voca-
ing, and taught many people tional priest, he served par-
at home before becoming an ishes in New York, Missouri,
adjunct professor at the Uni- Newark, and Massachusetts.
versity of Alaska Fairbanks. The Rev. Douglas Earl
He also continued to officiate Woodridge, 86, in Tualatin,
services at St. Matthews and OR. A graduate of Loyola
Fort Wainwright, and helped University in Los Angeles
in the formation of St. Judes and, after a decade in busi-
Church in North Pole. ness, Seabury-Western Theo-
logical Seminary, he served
The Rev. Francis Lee parishes in San Diego, and
Pete Winder, 84, in Salt Carlsbad, CA, as well as Lake
Lake City, UT. A graduate of Oswego and Portland, OR.
the University of Utah and
the Church Divinity School of
May they rest in peace,
the Pacific, he was ordained
to the priesthood in 1957. He and rise in glory.
spent 17 years as the rector of

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St. Peters Episcopal Church
Pomeroy, Washington

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