Monthly Archives: February 2018

A new ministry

I’m thrilled to share the news that I’ve been called to be the next rector of a wonderful parish with an enormous heart: the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa, California.

Their worship, their fellowship, and especially their care for their community (not least in the wake of October’s wildfires) make this a congregation I couldn’t be prouder to become a part of.

I’ll start after the end of this semester, when my teaching commitment here in Berkeley is complete.

Incarnation friends, I can’t wait to join you in a few months!

What’s a Prayer Book Catholic?

What does it mean to be a “Prayer Book Catholic”?

It means following a way of being Christian that is grounded in scripture and in the theology of the earliest centuries of the church.

It means loving the sacraments, the liturgical year, and the daily rhythm of prayer.

It means practicing the liturgical life of the Book of Common Prayer as fully as possible.

It means being Christian in a way that is catholic and reformed, progressive and orthodox, ancient and modern, all at the same time.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Anglicans who sought a richer, deeper sacramental life under the influence of the Oxford Movement tended to fall into two rough groups. One group looked to the Roman Catholic church, following many of its ceremonial practices and importing many of its texts into their liturgies. The other looked instead to specifically Anglican ways of doing things, believing that the Prayer Book was fully capable of supporting a rich catholic liturgical life without such imported enhancements. Many of those in this second strand called themselves “Prayer Book Catholics.”

Over a century later, in a very different place and time, I believe Prayer Book spirituality is still the most distinctive gift the Anglican tradition–and my branch of it, the Episcopal Church–has to offer the world. This is where I write about it, and sometimes about other things too.