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Carr, Allan submitted March 2005

On August 17, 2005, Camille and I will have been married thirty years, having blended two families together in 1975. At the time, I was a Unitarian and Camille was Roman Catholic. George Regas came to our town to give a talk in a series on the Nuclear Freeze and we became interested in the Episcopal Church. We joined the local congregation not long after. But we have trekked all the way to his church, All Saints in Pasadena, quite often and sometimes exclusively and regard it as our mother church.

Both of us also have a long interest and practice in Soto Zen.

I was born in Toronto, Canada and came to the USA when I was 14 in 1945. Three years later I won a university scholarship and went from a person with few prospects to one with many. I remain very grateful for that scholarship.

Camille and I are both retired and live with our toy poodle, Joey D, in Thousand Oaks, California, northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura County.

Carr, Trish submitted February 2006

My name is Trish Carr, and I joined the Episcopal Church in 1993, though I took a sabbatical for a few years and spent some time as a Catholic before realizing where my true home was. I'm very glad to be back. There's such a sense of the holy in the Anglican tradition. My church has an amazing music program, for instance, and when they start the service with bells and a plainsong chant, it sends my soul to a very good place. Everything else about it, from the inspirational sermons to the classes, prayer groups and outreach, means so much to me.

God has given me many blessings in this life, not that I thank God for them as often as I should. One of them is a danged good marriage for over 30 years to a wonderful man. Another was the chance to change careers to something that I truly love -- teaching. I'm a science teacher in a suburban high school, and while it isn't always easy, it's never boring. Then there are all those other blessings I tend to take for granted, such as a home, plenty to eat, a decently safe neighborhood, and all the rest that goes along with a middle class life in an industrialized country. Not to mention all those other, little things -- playing fingerstyle guitar; knitting; vegan cooking; reading; going to concerts, plays and films; and a mom who makes killer bread-and-butter pickles, to name a few. You'd think I could find it in me to send God a thank-you card once in a while. I'll put that on my short list!

We live in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, and my parish is Trinity Cathedral in downtown Portland.

Cazel, Sabra L submitted September 2004

Hello from the Sunflower State!

How is everyone doing? I'm pretty good. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sabra L. Cazel. I'm from Wichita, Kansas. I'm 25, never married nor do I have children. I do have a cat! I am an aunt to three boys. The younger of the two happen to be a set of twins. My nick name with them is Aunt Possible, because I do everything for them and will take them places to have fun after I pick them up from school.

I currently work in a German import shop as I am finishing up school. When I am done, I will have a degree in Anthropology with a specialty in museum conservation, curation and registration. If anyone wants to see the web site for the shop I work in, let me know and I'll send the link.

Sometimes my typing is bad at the moment due to a wrist injury that happened while I was doing one of my hobbies…ice skating. I like reading, tennis, art, and anything Sports Car Club of America. I have an autocross VW GLI. But since my wrist injury I haven't had much of a chance to go autocrossing. I also like to travel. My mother and I like going to Kansas City to one of the museums there called the Nelson-Atkins.

I also like to cook. I think the biggest dinner I ever did was for 120 people all on my own. It wasn't easy. I ended up making a pot of goulash. But since then I haven't had to cook for more than a few people.

I can also play a flute and piccolo. I'm not that greatest, but I enjoy it. I'm also dyslexic. That's when a person turns things around, like 'b' for 'd' or reverses numbers, like sometimes I'll see a 12 and turn it around to a 21. I frequently do this with the checking account and have had my bank managers go over my statements and receipts with care as I try to figure out what I turned around.

If you have trouble with my name you may call me Sabes. My name of Sabra is very unusual. I grew up as an ethnic kid. My father is Syrian and Eastern Orthodox. And having an odd last name makes people go…what? For years in school a lot of kids thought I was an exchange student. I went to a school in a small town outside of Wichita and being ethnic wasn't cool. And then I got into college and all my Anthropology instructors wanted to know more about my upbringing. I would spend many hours in classroom discussion about the way things were in my house growing up. I was the surprise child in the family. My sister is 19 years older than I am. My brother is 12.5 years older than me too. My mom calls me her little gift.

I'm a very open minded individual. I love a good laugh. And I love to talk (as we have noticed). At one point and time in my life I was quiet, but I don't know if you'd believe it today. I hope you all enjoyed my into!

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Cepada, Marilyn submitted April 2002, revised March 2005

I am a retired social worker who lives in Mobile, Alabama with my spouse who is a medical school professor of psychiatry. We are members of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. We have five children between us and one grandchild. Family is scattered from Washington State to Florida and points in between. Our current household consists of the two of us, one in house siamese, and one outside stray who has made us her own. We enjoy travel, books, and cooking. I am active in NASW (National Association of Social Workers) activities as well as PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization). My most recent learning experience is knitting. I am on my second project learning slowly. I have been a member of Magdalen almost since the beginning and was/am a member of St Sams since the days of Terry Waite, Joel Keys, etc. In years past, I was in discernment and well on the way to plans for I am a contented, middle aged housewife :-)

Chace, Chuck submitted April 2004

I was on this list for a while, until November 2002. I signed off due to pressures of work and some work-related extracurricular activities, and I'm finally coming back.

The vital statistics: I live in Jamaica Plain in Boston with my wife Christine and a fat gray cat named Linus, attend St John's Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, where I sing tenor(ish) in the choir.

I work in IS for the financial industry, overworked and overpaid at a company which is great in a lot of ways, but which just doesn't feel right for me. I'm taking the time to do a little mind/heart/soul-searching about what I really want to be when I grow up (even though I'm 42 years old). A mild mid-life crisis. Maybe I should just buy the Ferrari and be done with it. ;-)

Anyway, it's good to be back. I'll be leaning on you all for prayers and laughter. Hopefully, I can provide some of each in return.

Chionh, Claudine submitted February 2004

I discovered the old list in the Aussie summer of 1997/98, not long after I'd started attending St Peter's Eastern Hill in Melbourne. I shared with the list the joys of my baptism and confirmation in 1998 and my struggles and confusion as my faith developed. I gradually withdrew from involvement with my first parish around 2000-2001. Around the same time I started taking longer and longer holidays from St Sam's.

In the last few years I've become more decisive and directed. Some of you may recall that I worked in a couple of casual jobs, one in a hospital and one in a library, and that I'd attempted a librarianship qualification. I re-evaluated the situation at the start of 2003 when I found that my library career wasn't going anywhere, while senior researchers in the hospital's epidemiology and biostatistics unit kept giving me more work with more responsibility and variety.

In January/February 2003 I quit my library job and began graduate studies in medical anthropology while continuing with the other job (primarily database maintenance and liaison with patients involved in a research clinic). In September I was transferred from casual to fixed part-time status and my position description (and salary!) were updated to reflect what I was actually doing. At the end of the year I was accepted into the Master of Public Health programme at the University of Melbourne. I'll be able to continue my studies in medical anthropology while also getting a grounding in epidemiology and public health policy.

(An American colleague reports that in the USA the majority of MPH programmes are intended for medical graduates. This is not the case in Australia; students from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds are accepted.)

God is in all of this, but it has taken me this long to see that looking for God in 'obvious' places doesn't necessarily help. I've settled in at St Paul's Cathedral, in the centre of Melbourne, and after a couple of years of lying low I'm starting to get more involved in the life of the cathedral. I also hung around the parish of St John's Camberwell in 2002-2003, when I was living in the area. I've found that not being obsessively attached to a single parish (as I was at the beginning) has helped my appreciation of the variety of expressions of Anglicanism in this diocese.

Cirou, Joseph submitted January 2004

I am Joseph P. Cirou, born 3 November 1943 in Chicago, Il, the adopted child of Ernest (Leon and Rosa da Lima LaFleur) Cirou and Virginia (Charles Uldaric and Margaret Carolan) Milord. One of my first passions is genealogy. I have discovered all the North American ancestors of Ernest and Virginia Cirou, but know only the name of my birth mother, Estelle Pouliot. This is a great mystery to me and has been long a source of frustration.

I was adopted by a devout French Canadian/Irish Catholic family and it appears that the Pouliot roots would be similar which is why many French Canadians address each other as "Cousin/e".

The second great passion of my life is music. I attended the American Conservatory of Music where I was a student of Edward Eigenschenck. Leo Sowerby's name was still on faculty lists; but I never met him, but my late colleague and friend William Ferris was among his students. I was the university organist and have been active in church music since 1958 when I got my first paying job.

I have always been friendly with the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. I was on a first name basis with Bishop Montgomery and I feel much more comfortable here than with the Roman Catholic lists though I subscribe to some of them. I am also on the Old Catholic, Independent Catholic, Autocephalous Catholic, and GLBT Catholic and Orthodox lists as well as a number of Eastern Christian liturgical and musical lists.

In 1994 moved from Chicago to Georgia.

I originally moved into the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta; but since March of 1995 have lived in DeKalb County, Georgia. It did not take me very long to become active musically in Georgia thanks to the AGO. I also began a string of non musical jobs. The first was at Oxford Book Store.

While in Georgia I became active with the Independent Catholic Movement clergy. Circumstances drew me to being music director, supply priest, administrator, pastor of St. Aelred Ecumenical Catholic Church and vicar of our Byzantine Mission, Sts. Sergius and Bacchus. Much of my formation had been in Eastern Christianity.

Various job endings encouraged me to find extra means of support. Every job I have had up to the present one has ended with the company either going out of business or closing its Atlanta offices. After Oxford Books closed in 1997, I learned another new skill: telemarketting and have worked for MBNA, American Summit Mortgage, and the Gallup Poll with a few smaller companies in between. Before my job at Gallup I had taken the civil service exam, and after Gallup left Atlanta, I received a call to work for the IRS as a tax examiner. This is seasonal work and next Monday I will begin my third season there.

While I was still at MBNA I sold a lot of my mother's furniture which I had inherited and was encouraged to sell some of my library. When the gentleman came to look at my books, he bought a few but gave me something much more valuable: the knowledge of how to put all these books and music online and to make a secondary income. Since May of 1998 I have been online with ABE books. I was with a few others since out of business; and in the last couple of years I have also signed on with Alibris and and two others which haven't generated much income.

When my mother died in 1996 (my father had died in 1988) I inherited some money and was able to purchase a condo. After some years I learned that the responsibility of home ownership, even something as simple as a condo, was not one of my strengths; so I sold the condo at a profit in 2000 and moved to the apartment in Avondale Estates, Ga. where I still reside.

In 2001 Sts. Sergius and Bacchus became an independent parish. We have been publishing a quarterly journal "The Southern Harbinger" since about 1997. It is currently on hiatus, but I hope to get an issue out at least for Pascha. During these years before now, when my musical responsibilities were relatively light, I had no more than two services on a weekend and could wear two hats. However 1995 when Eastern and Western Pascha were a week apart, I had two Easter Vigils, Easter Morning for Western Christians and a Palm Sunday Service and a Bridegroom service for the Greek Orthodox. Fortunately that was the year I was "simply" music director at St. Aelred.

Things have become more complicated recently. The year before last I would play a Catholic Mass on Saturday, rehearse their choir on Tuesday; play the Presbyterian Service on Sunday and rehearse their choir on Wednesday with an early Sunday Mass for another Catholic Church occasionally thrown in for good measure.

In the last year I have become full time music director at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Lithia Springs, Ga; so I have limited my work with Sts. Sergius and Bacchus to a single monthly liturgy and pastoral calls.

On a lighter note I have a very weird sense of humor and over the last few years have created a parallel universe inhabited by Archimandrite Ioasaph and Mother Egregia and their many hangers-on. The basic argument is Byzantine Rite LDS descendants of the Nephites (the Nephite Orthodox) who are descendants of aliens from the planet Venus (with which there is still contact) via the lost continent of Mu. Many of their shenanigans are thinly veiled satire on the antics of religious folk of any stripe.

Clavier, Revd Tony (Official Pub Vicar) submitted April 2002

Diocese of South Dakota - Trinity Episcopal Church, Watertown, SD

My name is Tony Clavier. Tony after my father and Clavier after Tony.

I'm a parish priest in S. Dakota, write articles, make clay figures, sup single malt scotch. I've been in the US for over 30 years.

I'm married to the beautiful Pat, and have 2 sons and 2 step daughters.

Conant, Kate submitted February 2004, modified October 2008

I was born at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on 8 June 1949, to Tom and Betty Bailey. We lived at that time in Paulding, Ohio. I have 3 older brothers: Tom, Dave, and Steve. We moved to Winamac, Indiana, in 1950 where my father was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. We moved to Dearborn, Michigan, in 1952, where I grew up. I graduated from Edsel Ford High School in 1967, then Alma College in 1971 (history).

In 1971 I married Yiannis Papaioannou, son of a Cypriot Orthodox priest. We have one son, Anastasios [Tasos], born in 1975. I worked for the City of Detroit from 1971 to 1977 as a typist for the fire department and health department and then a program coordinator for Food and Friendship, a congregate hot lunch program for senior citizens. I also earned my M.A. in French from Wayne State University in 1978. In 1977 I was enrolled for a time as a post-bachelor's student hoping to get into medical school. During this time and until 1984 I was active in Eastern Orthodox churches. In 1979, Yiannis left me, then I began to work for the IRS as a Revenue Officer in Detroit and later Dearborn.

In 1981, Yiannis and I were divorced. In 1983 I moved to Bolivar, West Virginia, and began working in Washington, DC, as a Computer Programmer Analyst for the IRS. Tasos stayed with his father in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He is completing his PhD in physics at UC-Berkeley and has bought a house in Raleigh, North Carolina, with Hannah Burrack.

I am now married to Jim Conant and we have 3 children: Dan, 23, in Winooski, VT who will marry Laura Nagel on 8 February 2009; Jack, 18, a freshman at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania; and Beth, 16, sophomore at Washington High School. We have lived on the Blue Ridge since 1987 when I also was received at Saint Andrew's on-the-Mount Episcopal Church. I have been on the vestry on and off for years (senior warden from 2001-2003 and again now in 2008); lay reader; lector; volunteer organist; Sunday School teacher (when we had one); chalicist; whatever.

I worked for the IRS until 1996 when I retired on disability (chronic toxic encephalopathy from chemical exposure). I have also worked a number of interim and contract jobs in computers (mostly mainframe, but most recently Java). I love languages: my best are French, Greek, German, and English. I took Russian lessons and learn Arabic and Brazilian Portuguese.

I play piano, flute (sort of), recorder, and guitar. I watch CNN and MSNBC and ER. I used to write a lot of poetry but haven't for a long time.

I like the Beatles and Phil Ochs and Gordon Lightfoot and Mikis Theodorakis and more.

I ran unsuccessfully for the Jefferson County Board of Education in 2002. I remain a gadfly.

I am an unabashed liberal. I've supported Kucinich for president and now Barack Obama.

Jim and I have our own business: Great Blue Circle LLC. Business is slow right now.




Counselman, Fr. Robert (Bob) submitted May 2002

Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Woodbridge NJ

Finally I am beginning to see the top of my desk and can get a short intro off to the list. I've been around several of the e-mail lists for some years now and have only recently added Magdalen to my daily reading. I say reading because I tend to lurk more than post, although I will respond and *do* read the list.

I've been rector at Trinity, Woodbridge, Diocese of New Jersey for 21 years, so I'm an old-timer in that regard. Trinity is a mid-sized parish of an Anglo-catholic nature, situated on more that 5 acres of grounds that includes a cemetery dating to the early 1700's a rectory dating to 1670 and a parish that just recently celebrated its 300th Anniversary.

Woodbridge is in the metro New York area and about a 35 minute train ride from NYC, so if any of you are in New York, please stop for a visit. We're also within about 20 minutes of Newark Airport, so it's convenient if you happen to be traveling through and have a stop-over as Carol Marsh (Hi, Carol!) has done on occasion.

My wife and I (She usually refers to me as her first husband) have two more-or-less grown sons and passed our thirtieth anniversary nearly two years ago. While we are happy in Woodbridge, we also plan to retire sometime within the next ten years or so, to our real home - the Southwest.

If you really must see what I look like, there's a picture of me on the web site listed below, you just have to search it out! Better than seeing the picture, stop by if you are in the NY area for a visit with the real thing<G>! I can't guarantee that I will look like that picture, but I'll be glad to see you!

Craddock, Jo submitted May 2002

Baton Rouge LA USA

My apologies. I've been quite voyeuristic in reading all the introductions and have procrastinated in offering my own.

I'm an adult convert to the Anglican communion, having been raised in an American Baptist family that often found itself in Southern Baptist territory. I am happy here, though the church in the South (USA) does oftentimes display the country-club, you-should-know, "frozen chosen" stereotypes. So, I've found myself wandering around with y'all through these many lists to make sure that the Church is, and is not, the church.

I've been married for many years (true sign of God or just plain stubborn? <g>), and we have two tweenagers (son Rory is 13; daughter Hallie is 11). I have a varied background in work and education that indicates I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Presently, I concentrate on supporting my family by trying to cook (trying -- that's an understatement) meals that fit within the mid-life diets my husband and I have found thrust upon us, homeschooling our children, and do some desktop publishing for the church and other non-profit and administrative groups for book and mad money.

I am about to finish training in Level III of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Montessori-type Christian education for children), which I have found to be very meaningful and spirit-filled for me. I hope as some fire damage repairs are made and new buildings progress at my parish, our atria can be re-established and the wonderful stories shared with our children.

I read (and appreciate the booklists offered here), though usually in review or study for facilitating my children's work, and also dabble in genealogy as time allows. (Ancestors of Chad Wohlers and mine resided in the same area at the time of the Revolution, and from what Jay Weigel has offered, I suspect another branch of mine was around hers at one point, but no direct connections that I've seen, yet.)

Crafton, Barbara submitted September 2003

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director and author. An actress, director and producer, she has worked for many years in combining the lively arts and the life of faith. She is seen frequently on television, both as a preacher and as a commentator on Hallmark's "New Morning" and "American at Worship."

Crafton was rector of St Clement's Church in Manhattan's Theatre district. She was also a chaplain on the waterfront of New York, and served both historic Trinity Church, Wall Street and St John's Church in Greenwich Village. She was a chaplain at Ground Zero during the recovery effort after the WTC bombing.

She is the author of many books, including The Sewing Room, Meditations on the Psalms, Yes! We'll Gather at the River and The Almost-Daily eMos, a collection of the daily devotional essays she emails to thousands of readers most day. Her Mass in Time of War, a book about political and spiritual realities in the current war, is just out from Cowley Publications, as is her Some Things You Just Have to Live With, a book of essays on middle age, from Morehouse Publishing.

To add your name to the Almost-Daily eMo list, visit the website and click on "subscribe."

Cram, Don submitted February 2004

Serving as headmaster of an independent school in Albuquerque and as one of several circuit priests among the Episcopal congregations about Ruidoso, New Mexico, I treasure any time I have for fellowship and pleasant conversation about things Anglican. I choose to spend that time at Maddie's. Extra-curricular interests include tea, motorcycling, celloing, walking, mathematics, baroque music, sipping Tawny Ports, Hawaiiana, E.F. Benson, and live steam garden railroading.




Cridland, Michael submitted September 2003

I seemed to have made the rounds of these lists! I want a list that does not indulge in petty name calling with a real sense of Gospel charity towards those we may disagree.

I am Welsh (Cymro) had spent 12 years living in Colorado. I was a sacristan at St Mary's (ACC) in Denver until I was married (Cathy) in 1997 when I joined ECUSA. I have a 5 year old daughter.

We plan to settle in Cardiff. I am a member of the Church in Wales. Our Bishop (Dr Barry Morgan) is the new Archbishop! Since +Rowan (you yanks are so fond of that "+" what is +++Rowan?) left, Wales does not get much publicity!!

My hobbies are Reading, music, walking, arguing, running, and more arguing!! (running comes after the arguing:) )

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