Yesterday I returned from our annual Diocesan Clergy Conference on Cape
Cod. Despite the rain and cold, it was great to see so many colleagues.
We were privileged to hear the Very Rev. Andrew McGowan, Dean of
Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, teach us about ancient Christian
worship, and the way scholars’ interpretations of fourth-century church
impacted the work of prayer book revision for our own 1979 Book of
Common Prayer (many of you lived through that process!). Bishop Gates
spoke to us about staffing changes and restructuring at the Diocese, and
introduced us to the new Canon to the Ordinary (Episco-speak for Chief
of Staff), Bill Parnell. We also got an update on the process that will
result in the fall in a new Mission Strategy for our Diocese.
During a break, I drove down the road a few minutes and took a tour of a
church I have long wanted to see: the Church of the Transfiguration
Orleans. This is the church for an ecumenical Benedictine religious
order called the Community of Jesus that includes monks and nuns and
also couples and families. They have built a stunning church modeled
after the basilicas of the 4th
century, with mosaics and
frescoes and a dome. Enjoy some pictures, below. To me it was a stunning
reminder of the kind of beauty and creativity that is possible when
people come together to follow Jesus.