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Barr, Gillian submitted April 2002, updated July 2006, updated March 2007
I've been hanging out on various Anglican lists since the mid-1990s, and
am honoured to be an Assistant Publican here at Maddie's.
Berger, Daniel submitted October 2004
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I'm a long-time, on-again off-again member of the original ANGLICAN list, and wandered into the pub to see what it's like, especially since it's run by Jim Handsfield, whom I remember fondly.
I teach organic chemistry at Bluffton University, a Mennonite school in rural northwestern Ohio. For those who don't remember me, I was raised in a small town in southern Minnesota, and was raised Roman Catholic. My sensibilities are still catholic, and traditionalist.
I have an undergraduate degree in classical vocal performance as well as a PhD in organic chemistry. I have a weakness for science fiction, for history and for hairy-chested adventure stories, and have recently read both a number of Robert E. Howard's original Conan stories and Howard's "Breckenridge Elkins" (a comic western novel) to my 10-year-old son. (Not to mention "Owls in the Family".)
I'm an Assistant Cubmaster for my son's Cub Scout pack; a choir member at Trinity Episcopal Church in Findlay, Ohio, maintaining some of the parish's website; and cantor regularly at our monthly Taize services. I do some web development; see particularly the links here.
For some ideas about my opinions, you could visit here; you could also see what I assigned to my Christian Values in Global Community students.
Bishop, Michael submitted June 2002, revised October 2008
I am Michael Bishop, a bachelor born 61 years ago in the city of Nottingham in the midlands of England. I am a cradle anglican baptised aged exactly 3 months. I have one older brother, David and a younger sister, Lesley. I grew up in Nottingham and at the age of 12 was confirmed at St. Faith's, North Wilford in the "Meadows" district of Nottingham close to the River Trent, the famous Trent Bridge Cricket ground and the Nottingham Forest and Notts County football grounds. I attended the local Grammar School. Somehow places I was associated with in my teens seem to have all disappeared - St Faith's closed, my school (Mundella) and my teenage home have both been demolished!
From school I went to study theology at King's College, London where I graduated Bachelor of Divinity and Associate of King's College in 1969. From there, after spending a year working in industry working in an electric kettle factory, I spent my final year of pre-ordination training at St Augustine's College, Canterbury (another place which closed shortly after I left!)
In June 1971 I was made deacon at Southwell Minster (Diocese of Southwell which is now renamed Southwell & Nottingham) and priest there in 1972. From 1971 to 1976 I served in Southwell Diocese as assistant curate at St Edmund's, Mansfield Woodhouse and then moved to Chester diocese where I was first assistant curate at St Mary with St Columba, Liscard, Wallasey on the banks of the Mersey opposite Liverpool. From 1978-1990 I was Vicar of Thornton-le-Moors with Ince and Elton moving on from there back to Nottinghamshire where I was Vicar of Sutton with Carlton & Normanton-on-Trent with Marnham for 6 years. In 1996 I moved to the neighbouring Diocese of Derby to my present post where I am Rector of Boylestone, Church Broughton, Dalbury, Longford, Long Lane, Radbourne, Sutton-on-the-Hill & Trusley. I seem to be one who specialises in places with more than one church - since 1978 I have had multiple churches - first two, then four and now 8 - I think it is time I stopped doubling up in numbers of churches!
My present parishes are small rural villages with a cross between farmers and commuters amongst my parishioners. Six of the eight churches are at least partly medieval buildings - one of them containing the oldest panel of stained glass in Britain - a depiction of St Michael dating from the late 11th or early 12th century. Of the other two churches, one was completely rebuilt in the 1720's and serves a tiny community of 56 residents of the village of Trusley. The last church is the "modern" Christ Church, Long Lane which next year will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of its consecration. We have the privilege of having three Church of England Primary Schools serving our parishes. These are attended by virtually all children aged between 5 and 11 years who live in any of the parishes. They are small (45, 70 and 100 pupils respectively) but very good schools and I am ex-officio school governor of all of them. If you would like to learn more of my part of the world, go to our web site.
Blanchard, Peggy submitted January 2004
I'm Peggy Blanchard, ECUSA priest in the Diocese of East Tennessee, currently doing supply work and looking for (listening for?) a parish call. I've done interim work for four years in order to be close to my elderly parents, and then cared for them at home for a couple of months before they died in Nov. 2002. I was doing executor stuff when my then 16-year old granddaughter moved in in Jan. 2003. She's bi-polar and ADHD, and we're still working on getting her meds settled (we HAVE made a great deal of progress, I should say.)
Been a priest 12+ years; one year of seminary at Candler/Emory, two years at Sewanee, grad. 1991. Two grown daughters, four granddaughters and one grandson, and a benison of friends who have offered me incarnate sustenance throughout the years. I love to sing, play piano (and in the past some other instruments), knit, crochet, do embroidery, quilt, draw, watercolor and a few other things. Don't seem to do much housecleaning, somehow! I'm living in my parents' house (well, I inherited it, but somehow it's still theirs!) in Kingston TN, on the Tennessee River, will attach a picture of the view. Am owned by two cats and a bouncy beagle-mix dog, as well as the grandkids. Hmmm, am Anglo-Catholic theologically, A-C light liturgically, and pastorally flexible. Also am INFP Myers-Briggs.
Well, that's about everything except how much I weigh, and that ain't on the air!!!
Bly, Deb submitted April 2002, updated May 2005
hello dear friends
Ach I haven't written any kind of intro anywhere in long moons. Now that I think of it, I also have not mooned anyone in many moons.<<slaps self on head part>
I am Deborah Griffin Bly, and I'm a singer/musician (mainly) in New York, New York. I fell headlong in love with all things churchly when I was a toddler, with the Episcopal Church in particular although circumstances precluded my actually becoming an echt Episcopalian until many years later. I was baptized Lutheran as an infant (mainly because I'm half-Norwegian mama Ruth Signe was Lutheran) in Seattle, Washington in the Norwegian ghetto. My parents, who were voice teachers/professional singers and musicians always had synagogue and church jobs (long hours away all weekends), so for a few years I went with my baby-sitter to the Methodist church where I was confirmed at 12. Memories of that service are still quite fresh, but mostly consist of the great delight the 30 or so we confirmands found in ripping and resealing the Velcro (new at that time) on our robes with youthful abandon and noise. I also remember singing "Are Ye Able" and "Holy Holy Holy" at the top of my lungs at every single service, and the look of consternation upon our Youth Minister's face at my theological questions.
Finally I was old enough to sing with my parents, at least three services a Sunday, sometimes more plus rehearsals. They usually worked for one or several of the more snooty and proper Episcopal churches on Long Island (where we lived). Manhasset, Great Neck, Port Washington, Oyster Bay, Garden City, etc. The congregations were very wealthy, a bit overbred, and often had straying Rectors. Was very interesting. I loved the music, loved the liturgy, had crushes on sweet young curates, and devoured the parish libraries wherever I landed. Also sang in the synagogues every Friday night and Saturday morning and learned my way around Hebrew a bit and gleaned valuable insights into faith from Judaism. Contrary to public opinion, singers do actually listen, and even read. Fell in love with theology of all kinds at around age 14 and this love continues unabated.
Ended up at Ithaca College as a Voice/Music Education major, then came to New York where I became a professional chorister/soloist mainly for Episcopal churches: St Bartholomew's (the Jack Ossewaard years, pre-1979 BCP), Calvary/St George's/Holy Communion (Calvin Hampton/Harry Huff), Trinity Church, Wall Street (for Larry King/Jim Simms and then Owen Burdick [no comment]) also for the Cathedral of St John the Divine and many other churches and synagogues for services and concerts. Served on the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese of N.Y. for a six-year term.
Other singing: Recital at Carnegie Recital Hall (1980, all Early Music), commercials (music for advertising), back-up singing for recordings (popular, jazz, folk, R&B, etc.); lots of session work, recordings and performances with Ensemble for Early Music (Fred Renz), NY Motet Choir, NY Philharmonic (N.Y. Choral Artists), 8 recordings with the Trinity Choir; member of Boswell Sisters group "Those Northern Women" and several jazz bands; acoustic new music ensembles, folk groups, rock-and-roll bands, club singing.
Co-founder of religious music duo "The Miserable Offenders" (1993-1998, 2 recordings) which performed and led workshops and services all over the Eastern half of U.S., at the Episcopal Divinity School, for General Convention (Philadelphia), National Episcopal AIDS Coalition, etc. ending with the Lambeth Conference (1998) in Canterbury, England. Ana and I no longer speak.<g>
Sheyoot this is getting long. Better try to wind it up. Writery booky stuff: I worked at Trinity Wall Street for many years in several different capacities besides the professional choir. Assistant Manager of the Trinity Bookstores, book service for Trinity Institute and "Writer's Reading" TV series, then moved to the Office of Communications where I was Associate Editor of Books & Religion magazine (now defunct) and Trinity News (magazine), and editor of Trinity Life. Met many theologians, writers, and politicians of note during this time. Very fun, a deep kind of fun. I wrote a lot and hired many writers and photographers to write/take pictures for us as well. Won some awards for essays and articles, editing, and headline writing from Episcopal Communicators (Polly Bond Awards) and the Association of Church Publishers (ACP).
I've decided that it's time to write again something about spirit and breath and what singing, stuttering, and asthma can teach one about life.
I taught voice (singing) to young actors as an Adjunct in Voice at Tisch School of the Arts, Undergraduate Drama, New York University for seven years. (Adjunct = no benefits, save those of the teaching itself but those were considerable). I am now setting up my private voice teaching practice, and I work on my new mostly church-flavored blog too much.
Sometimes I work with my husband as a consultant for the Distance Learning Coalition of the CUNY Grad Center of New York researching, compiling, writing and editing data on emerging immigrant cultures and communities in NYC for the web and for conferences.
I fell wildly in love with my husband Bill ("Man Called Darling") in 1980 - and we were married in 1982 at Calvary Church where we first met as professional chorister. He is a professor of English, Speech and Drama and is also a singer and a noted Hypertext author and poet. He already had two children Nelly and Billy who became mine as well. We tried to have children, but had miscarriages instead,alas. Nelly and her husband Mike just had a baby boy, Elijah Bly Arougheti, so now we're grandparents. ((Sheesh!))
I lost my right eye in a bad accident in 1988 and I still miss the old thing but we all get our wounds in this life, eh? We have three cats: Maud, Galway, and Lucy. They do not behave at all. We both sing professionally for a small but lovely Lutheran Church, Grace and St Paul's (ELCA), on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (solo quartet) and in our strange acoustic band, "Left Field" (purveyors of odd music since 1984, several CDs).
Well more than anyone in their right mind might want to know, but I took it as a challenge! I didn't write it well but I got it done. I am thrilled to be here within the lovely walls of Magdalen and I love youse all big time.
Boyd, Donald submitted January 2004, revised October 2007, revised November 2009
Hello, I am Don in Austin. I was born in 1937 and retired in 1997. My father was a Methodist minister. I became an Episcopalian in 1962. Graduate work in English literature and linguistics with specialization in American regional and social dialectology (Emory University and The University of Texas-Austin); taught English at Presbyterian College in S.C., The University of Missouri (Columbia), The University of Texas (Austin). Midlife career change to clinical psychology, then 25 years as psychologist and administrator at the Texas State Hospital in Austin.
Am a member of St. James' Episcopal Church in Austin, an interracial and multicultural community that practices radical hospitality. It is so welcoming that my wife, who had been church-phobic since her high school days, began coming to church with me there and was confirmed in 2002.
St. James' has four services on Sunday - 8 am Rite I, no music; 10:15 am Rite II, music from H82 and Lift Every Voice with anthems from Anglican and American Black traditions (I retired as organist for this service in 2006); 1 pm en español; 6 pm NZPB, praise music.
Our last rector became bishop of Olympia (Seattle) in 2007 Shortly after his consecration we moved into a new campus made necessary by our school's and congregations' having outgrown the space we were in. A new rector (Nov 2009) has just been announced. He will arrive (officially) on January 1, 2010. Leading a parish whose membership is about 55% Black (several nationalities but mostly African-American) he will be our first African-American rector.
My wife Janice and I reared two daughters. One was killed by a drunk driver in 1992; the other lives in Austin. Janice has had a variety of significant health problems over the last two or three years and suffered a mild (!) stroke in May of this year. She is making a strong recovery on all fronts, TBTG. Magdalen friends, as well as friends from St James', have prayed for us and taken care of us through all of these troubles. God is good!
Breuer, S. Dylan submitted April 2002
My name is Sarah Dylan Breuer folks call me Dylan. I'm a Ph.D. candidate in History, specializing in early Christianity, at UCLA my dissertation is called *Freed to Serve: The Concept of 'Freedom' in the Writings of Paul of Tarsus*. I got my master's degree in New Testament from St Mary's Divinity College in the University of St Andrews in Scotland. I was confirmed as an Episcopalian during my studies in Scotland, when I was 19, but spent most of my life before and after that in the Diocese of Los Angeles. My partner and I just moved to Frederick, Maryland last summer she was a lecturer at UCLA, and is now an American Studies professor at Mount St Mary's, a small Roman Catholic liberal arts college.
These days, I'm busy with a number of things. I'm a member of the Core Team for Gathering the NeXt Generation, a network for GenX Episcopalians and friends. In November, I founded Millennial Ministry, a network dedicated to supporting and empowering 'postmodern' ministry with the Millennial Generation those who are graduating from high school in the first decades of the new millennium. And I'm deeply involved in ECUSA's 20/20 movement, as a member of the New Congregations program team and as a moderator of 20/20 Brainstorm, a list through which absolutely anyone can submit proposals which will be considered for General Convention legislation to implement 20/20.
I'm also looking for work. I was to be the Director of Youth Ministries for The Gathering, a new Episcopal church plant here in Frederick, but there were midyear changes to the 2002 budget, and funding for the youth ministry position was eliminated. Anyone need someone to do adult ed, youth/young adult ministry, small groups, leadership development, anything under the heading of 'parish life'? Have BCP, will travel!
I was on Anglican-L some years ago, and signed off when I couldn't handle the volume. I recently signed on again, and let me just say that I was thrilled to find out there's someplace else where the Baptismal Covenant is taken seriously as a norm for online interactions! I'm looking forward to getting to know the online community here.
Brittain, Dan submitted April 2002, revised September 2004
I'm a native of Phoenix, Arizona. Haven't lived there since '68. Went to college in west Texas (Hardin-Simmons, a Baptist school). Met my wife, Myrna, there. Celebrated our 35th year together last summer. After 7 years of college (took a while, but 2 degrees) entered the US Army as a band officer. Retired in 1990 as a Major. I am currently a school band director (in my second year) in Jasper, Arkansas, a small school in the mountains near Harrison. We live in Harrison and are members at St Johns. I am one of the licensed Worship Leaders who lead MP while we are searching for a new priest. I was previously in Green Forest, Arkansas, for 4 years - we lived in Berryville and attended St James in Eureka Springs. During my Army years, we lived in Atlanta, Georgia; Heidelberg, Germany; Hampton and Norfolk, (Hi Connie) Virginia; Conway, Arkansas; and back to Hampton. It was during that last tour of duty that we became Episcopalians. My wife had been organist at a Baptist Church in Newport News and our next door neighbor (a new deacon, then priest and now one of Fr Eric's+ fellow priests in Ohio) told her about an opening at St Marks, one of the local Episcopal Churches. She was there until after I retired from Fort Monroe in Hampton. As it was not a large parish and I hadn't found employment, we began searching. We found a shared music position at a middle sized parish in upstate New York and moved in 1991. I also did EFM with our next door neighbor as mentor. We had been in New York for 6 years when that employment began to sour. After we left that parish, we attended Grace, Syracuse (Used as the "Stations" are the ledger drawings of David Pendleton Oakerhater). I was on the vestry briefly before I found work in Texas. We temporarily split the family (not wanting to move Wyl before his last year in high school). After he decided to attend college in Conway, I looked for and found a position in Arkansas (saves on tuition) and we plan to stay here a while.
I play 1st Baritone (and formerly euphonium) in the Ozark Mountains British Brass Band out of Rogers, Arkansas. We recently performed for the Arkansas Bandmasters Association Convention. Besides arranging and composing for traditional groups, I also compose and sing shaped note music and have 4 tunes in the 1991 edition of The Sacred Harp, as well as tunes in The Sacred Harper's Companion, The New Mellinium Harp, and September Psalms. A shaped note piece I wrote (Memorial Anthem) with a friend from Massachusetts was included as a sample score in release 1.4 of Sibelius notation software and has continued there through the current release 3.1. A couple of years ago (?), I wrote two compositions for the organist and Choir at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City - one for Brudder Jon's Ordination, and the other for the North American Deans Conference. This year, I finished a commission for Greenland High School (just out of Fayetteville, Arkansas).
We're probably on the liberal edge of center in the church and like mostly traditional music. We also prefer the more contemporary language services. The year I was in Texas, I had to bite my tongue frequently - the local parish was in the diocese of Ft Worth. Even though I differed from them in theological thought, I found them to be wonderful people. I was a lay reader there and led MP frequently as we shared a priest with two other churches.
Glad to be here with friends old and new.
Buchanan, Susan submitted April 2002
It's like when I went away to college and my parents proceeded to move to Florida I found them anyway. I head off to the Appalachian Trail, and while I'm gone you all move to the pub. I found you anyway! Well, this is one place (the pub) where I was bound to find you all again. Single Malt gal here, or Makers Mark Bourbon, or an icy cold Stoly Orange, but no Gin, thank you (another one of those women who have learned that she shouldn't drink Gin). Or a good, dark beer (Stout or Porter or some other such delight). Big Red Wines anyday (and any meal) rather than White. But right now I'm enjoying an ice cold orange juice. I came off the trail craving oj, and still haven't managed to get enough of it yet. At the breakfast bar the morning after I got off the trail, some guy looked at the two bananas and three glasses of OJ in front of me and commented: "Potassium deprived. Looks like you've been hiking."
Oh my drinking preference isn't enough introduction? Well pass the peanuts then, and I'll give it a try:
I'm wading hip deep right now through the trials of sorting and packing a house for a major move. I am leaving a town and a church that I have loved deeply for the last 8 years. Winchester, Virginia has been a real place of love and blessing for me, and I have to admit that this afternoon when I went to the church to pack up my vestments, I began crying as soon as I unlocked the front door, and continued to do so the entire time I sorted and packed there. I still have to finish packing my office, but that will be for another evening.
I have been the Associate Rector here for the last 8 years (Ann M - you don't HAVE to leave after 3 years! - it's an incredibly wonderful thing to stay in one place for a while), and am now headed to become the Priest-in-Charge (hopefully Rector before too long) of Christ Church, North Conway, New Hampshire. So I'm leaving the Blue Ridge Mountains and headed for the White Mountains. Life has been good, and continues to be so. The moving truck comes May 6, and my first Sunday in my new parish will be May 12.
I'm 44 years old, divorced, mother of two who have grown up now and left home. Well, daughter Debbie is finishing her first year of college (at William & Mary - Gillian's alma mater), so isn't really out on her own totally yet, but for all practical purposes she is. Debbie is 18, and is 1st Lay Alternate from the Diocese of Virginia for General Convention 2003. (Yup, I'm a proud mama!) Her older brother, Danny, is 21 and has lived out on his own for the last few years now. He lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.
I have two cats, Boris (a "little" grey and white guy at 13 pounds) and Lars (the 20 pound Maine Coon Cat, who makes half the dogs in the neighborhood look small). Boris does tricks (roll over and high-five) but Lars thinks it's the most ridiculous thing for cats to do tricks and cannot hide his disgust at the whole endeavor. They will miss the deep windowsills of their current home, with its 18 inch thick stone walls, from which they like to watch the world go by.
I enjoy walking through the world with everything I need on my back. I started backpacking when I was 13 and since the kids have left home (kids who obviously did not get a hiking gene from me) have had the chance to do it again more often. I am moving from a parish that is 20 miles from the Trail in Virginia, to one that is 20 miles from the Trail in New Hampshire. Like I said, life is good. I hope to finish the whole AT, doing it in sections, before I retire, and then at that time I'll tackle the Pacific Crest Trail. I also have this longtime yearning to hike the Milford Track in NZ.
Now, the packing boxes continue to call to me.
Burroughs, Patricia (a.k.a. "Pooks" or "Texas Trish") submitted April 2002
Hi, my name is Pooks and some of you already know me. I logged onto this mail list and realized it had more email than I could handle right now (which is why I haven't logged back onto St Sam's yet). So I didn't introduce myself, because I thought it would be rude to say, "I'm Pooks but I'm not staying, bye."
But a number of days have passed and I haven't logged off yet, so I guess it's time to be polite. (waving from Dallas)
I'm a newly confirmed Episcopalian, as of Easter Vigil 2002. I started my life as a Methodist, and I still have a tender place in my heart for the UMC, but I was really an Anglican, and just didn't realize it. As I started reading about Anglicanism I kept saying, "But that's what I think!" until I finally realized I'd found my spiritual home.
Nice place you got here. I hope you don't mind if I bring Jake, my new yellow Lab rescue dog from the SPCA. He isn't any trouble at all (except for that pesky kennel cough, but he'll get over that soon).
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