Friday, July 18, 2008

Pray with Bishop Gene

This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.
From Canterbury Tales from the Fringe.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

It takes a Brit

The official account of the opening session is on ACNS and is imaginatively titled "The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams opens the Lambeth Conference."

from "Lambeth - what happened on Wednesday" at Thinking Anglicans.

Thank you Simon Sarmiento (who should be ranked far higher than No. 46 on The List) for my M.D.R. of dry British humor.

Getting back in the groove

These are some photos from our recent vacation in Maine.

It's been difficult getting back in the groove now that vacation is over. No doubt it will take several days to just get caught up with work and family and soccer, let alone the Lambeth chronicles. I realize now more than ever how I relied on Fr. Jake to collect and grasp the essential news. Also, I found it a great help to get away from it all -- Anglicana news, legal news, U.S. politics, etc. (although take a peek occasionally online on the day of the General Synod vote on women bishops, the ulitimate significance of which still eludes me).

For Lambeth news, I now find myself relying on Jim Naughton at The Lead, Allie, our favorite Lambeth steward (who seems to keep running into ++Rowan Williams), and last, but not least, +Clumber's reports on the canine and feline bishops (who seem to have taken a few side trips to the local pubs, which is a wonderful way to visit with folks in the U.K., but I worry if +Pittsburgh may end up with more than occasional headache if he keeps reading SFIF news feeds on his Google Reader). While I know there is much more to read, it's about all I can manage right now.

I hope to soon jump in at The Friends of Jake, where IT, David, Ann, Eileen, and Padre Mickey are doing a fine job of posting ideas and news of interest to all those going through Jake withdrawal. But for now, I'm still buried in work (try scanning over 300 new court opinions that piled up while I was away) and ongoing concerns and difficulties about my mother, who has been back and forth between the hospital and the rehab wing of a nursing home (since last night back in the hospital) since mid-May with various ailments (congestive heart condition, diabetes, arthritis) and possibly a new series of strokes. We (my brother in Seattle and I here in New York) have traveled back and forth to the Chicago area, where she lives, several times already and still are working on getting her moved to where we can see that she gets better care and has an appropriate place to live full-time. In my spare time, I manage my daughter's soccer playing (never easy with politics changing the make-up of teams, club-affiliations, etc. while we just try to hang on somewhere), and occasionally get to see my son, who is slaving away at a fast-food restaurant as his summer job while home from college. Thanks to vacation, I even got to see my husband for days on end, though our time together has been scarce since we've been back.

And so it goes.....

It will take awhile before I can get into blogging again. For the first time in many years I did not finish a single book (though I brought two bags of them along) during vacation. I read good chunks of Judge Wood's An Unmarked Trail and, thanks to a recommendation from Franiam, Nicholas Christopher's A Trip to the Stars. I also read bits of Whose Justice? Which Rationality (by Alasdair MacIntyre, whose ideas were addressed by ++ Rowan Willliams in his lecture on "Religious Faith and Human Rights") but did not get back to Charles Taylor's A Secular Age and Mark Lilla's The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West as I had hoped. I'm afraid the ocean, the harbor, the ships, and wind had greater allure. But somewhere in the back of my mind some things were churning, in part by contrasting Judge Wood's commonsense, practical approach to human rights and dignity and conflict resolution with those of philosophers and theologians. Some other day.......

For now, hello to anyone who still stops by, and my apologies to anyone who left posts or emails while I was on vacation with limited computer access and time. I hope to respond and get back in the groove someday soon.