“So you want to talk about race” Episode 3

Here’s the third video of my book study of “So you want to talk about race?” by Ijeoma Oluo. It’s about four and a half minutes long, and in it I discuss chapters 4 and 5 of the book, in which the author talks about “white privilege” and “intersectionality.”

Book study: “So you want to talk about race?” Episode 1

Because of the uproar over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, many people want to learn more about race and racism. Bishop Rickel recommended this book for study, and I’m going to do a series of short videos as I read through the book. Each video will cover one or two chapters and be four or five minutes long. I invite you to join me in this book study!

Thank you for your support

At our May BC meeting, we found that contributions to St. Antony’s were about the same as last year at this time. This video contains my thanks for all who support our parish.

Our Building Consecration

On November 12, Bishop Rickel led us in a glorious consecration service. After the many months of waiting for the occupancy of our building, the consecration brought all our hard work, anxiety, and waiting to completion. The service began outside under the eaves as our guitarists led us in a joyful song with an extra verse written by Mark Westin. Bishop Rickel pounded on the front door of the church with his heavy wooden crozier and said, “Let the doors be opened!” We streamed in, singing, “Christ is made the sure foundation,” one of the great foundational hymns of the Episcopal Church.

Using copious amounts of incense, our Bishop traversed the church, blessing the font, the lectern, and the piano. He sprinkled us with holy water, saying, “Remember your baptism!” It was a light and joyful moment.

After the lessons, he gave us this advice about the building in his sermon: “Wear it out!” Sarah Rogers thanked the many people who made the building possible, and then Bishop Greg anointed the altar. As the music from our newly blessed piano built in waves and crescendos, the Bishop poured olive oil in a large ‘X’ on the top of the altar. Using large motions, he made the sign of the cross in the oil and spread the oil all over the altar with clean towels. Then he washed the altar with soapy water and dried it using more towels. It was a powerful action. Bishop Rickel then celebrated the Holy Eucharist on our freshly-blessed altar.

Among our guests were neighboring Episcopal clergy, who offered a tongue-in-cheek blessing, promising “not to covet” our new roof that doesn’t leak, our unblemished rugs, and our freshly paved parking lot. Also present were members of New Fellowship Church, the two previous Vicars of St. Antony’s, and our architect, Steve Rice.

Afterward we stayed for an elegant and generous reception of cheeses, crackers, meats, fruit and wine. It was a fitting end to a glorious evening. My thanks to all who made this evening such a memorable occasion.

Sabbatical Journal: Time with Katy

Sabbatical Journal: Time with Family

Part of the plan for my sabbatical was to spend some quality time with my family. As many clergy families know, the clergy spouse and family are often left behind when the clergy person gets too busy. So part of my sabbatical was meant to visit my family and reconnect with Katy.

In the last week and a half of my sabbatical, I stayed home and spent time with Katy. We went camping at Dungeness State Park, went to a play at Bremerton Community Theater, dined out several times, listened to some good local musicians, accomplished some household tasks together (like cleaning out the tool shed), went to church together at Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and generally enjoyed our time together. Katy’s on a break between teaching terms at South Puget Sound Community College, so we both had some free time.

Having time together was good for us. It allowed us to just hang out together and enjoy each other, and it renewed our bond with each other.