Thursday, October 25, 2018

Diocesan Convention

Today and tomorrow myself, Deacon Dave Betz, Kaycee Reib, Jeanne Reib, and Kelly Bruckart will be heading to Niagara Falls for Diocesan Convention in collaboration with the Diocese of Western New York. This may be a historic moment for the two dioceses as DioWNY will be voting on whether to have our Bishop, Sean Rowe, as their bishop as well for the next five years.

The understanding of the proposal for the two dioceses is collaboration during the next five years in order to build new creative and mission driven ministries to help both dioceses. If you haven’t already, take a moment in the next two days to look at the website Rust Belt Episcopal ( where you can find lot of information about what would change if the vote is yes and why we are looking into this possibility.

Also, please keep us and all who travel to Niagara Falls this weekend in your prayers as we go to do the work of the diocese for the next year. Elections, budgets, and a Drug and Alcohol Committee proposal are all on the table as well.  

Thursday, October 18, 2018


a simple inquiry of jest
sarcasm is at best taken seriously
you've found the deepest secrets
unlawfully held

the flash of insight, nigh improbable
is garnered at the end of every foresight
who wrote the conclusion?
wait for the revelation

Living BIG

In today's world, there are plenty of advertisements and commercials which try to tell us how to live our lives. If we don't drink Coca Cola, or use Lysol wipes, or get our cars checked at Auto Zone, then the commercials tell us that we are not living our best lives. Fortunately none of those things are true. Living our best lives has little to do with where we shop or who checks our cars, but with the wellness of our souls and bodies. Naturally, having a healthy and balanced life is not always easy. Jesus calls to us over and over again, through scriptures, other people, events in our lives, and what he calls us to is living a servant and selfless life. Thankfully, there are lots of supports in our community to help us all live the kind of lives Jesus calls us to.

Currently, the Vestry is doing a book study on Brene Brown's book, Rising Strong. In this book one of the topics Brown discusses is what she calls Living BIG. It's a mnemonic for trying to live with healthy Boundaries, Integrity, and Generosity. She says, "Living BIG is saying: "Yes, I'm going to be generous in my assumptions and intentions while standing solidly in my integrity and being very clear about what's acceptable as what's not acceptable."" Jesus is such a great example of someone who naturally lived BIG. He kept his boundaries and was clear with those who followed him what was acceptable and what was not. He kept his integrity in the face of Roman and Jewish persecution, torture, and death. He was generous with those around him, finding compassion and love in his heart for them.

Living BIG is one way to remind yourself throughout the day to follow Jesus' example and live the life God is calling you to. In our world, it is so important to keep healthy Boundaries, to keep our integrity, and to be generous with ourselves and others. How are you living BIG today?

Thursday, October 11, 2018


"May God the Father bless you, God the Son heal you, God the Holy Spirit give you strength.  May God the holy and undivided Trinity guard your body, save your soul, and bring you safely to his heavenly country; where he lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Amen." (BCP 460 For Health of Body and Soul)

All of us who have had surgery or serious illness lately can share in the knowledge and wisdom of trying to listen to our bodies. Healing takes a while, much longer than most of us want to admit. In the mornings we wake up with grand ideas about what we would like to do, even if it is simply get out of bed or lay on the other side, but we must face the fact that that is not going to happen. Thankfully, our bodies do have their own wisdom about what is okay and what is not.

Certainly for me, this time of physical brokenness reminds me of how long true healing does take. It takes three months for bones to be knit back together in a healthy body. It can take years for a broken heart to mend. And in both situations, what is healed is not exactly the same as what was before. God walks with us no matter what kind of brokenness we live with, physical, emotional, spiritual.