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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

And life goes on

I have thought about posting daily. Really. Several times I've even sat down and begun, or tried to. But then... well, things happen. Blogger has a brain freeze moment. The phone rings. Or someone suddenly needs Undivided Attention (maternal, spousal, or presbyteral).

So instead of the lengthy (and no doubt profound) entries that might have been, here are a couple of highlights-- Days in the Life and Mind of a Montana Priest:

Last week I had an overnight meeting with the bishop and vicars (clergy in charge of small, diocesan-assisted congregations) in the diocese. Good food, a decent hotel, and a chance to meet and spend some time with colleagues who share the same joys and challenges of small town, small church, rural ministry. I was grateful for the opportunity-- one that would be otherwise hard to manage, given how far-flung we are in this state. The good bishop is talking of doing this on a semiannual basis. That will be a good thing.

One of my churches recognized Veterans' Day by hosting a complimentary breakfast for all area veterans and their spouses. About 45 attended the breakfast; the guests included veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East. Our own personal veteran in that congregation is a former WAC: Aylett is a community treasure, a Montanan "in whom there is no guile." At her instigation, there was a special recognition of WWII vets-- a rapidly shrinking group, and all at least in their 80's at this point. It was a lovely morning.


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