January 1, 2014

This year more than most, I am embarking on a new life in keeping with the start of the New Year. Notwithstanding all my Christmas Doubts & New Year’s Fears, I feel I have – finally – settled onto my new path. As I embark on this new way, I want to take a moment to reflect on and give thanks for a few of 2013’s milestones.

As of a year ago, Church of the Woods was only a vague notion. Now, it is starting to come to life. God willing (and generous supporters concurring), we will open come June 2014. Thanks to all the people who have made this possible.

This time last year, ordination as a deacon and a priest was still a remote prospect. Our wonderful new bishop, Rob Hirschfeld, was just taking office and I had no expectation of swift action to ordain me. I was wrong! Within six weeks, I had become a deacon at St. Paul’s Church in Concord

Easter Vigil, 2013

Easter Vigil, 2013

and began the steep learning curve of being a clergyperson. I am so grateful to the people of St. Paul’s and to Bishop Rob for bringing me up in the church, supporting me, training me, and loving me.

Seven months later, on September 7, I fulfilled the instruction to be a priest at a wonderful ordination service at the Church of the Woods Annex,DSCF9183 copyhosted by our dear friends Mark and Jenny Hopkins. To Mark and Jenny and the many others who made that marvelous day possible, I am forever in your debt.

Finally, through the fall of 2013, Kairos Earth began to take shape as an organization. As I write, we have a wonderful board of directors, have incorporated as a non-profit organization, are putting the final touches on our application to the IRS for 501 (c) 3 status, and are setting up the many organizational systems from budgets and work plans to bookkeeping, payroll, and communications that an organization requires. I can’t say I love having this be such a large part of my life right now, but I am grateful it is happening and for everyone who has helped.

All in all, 2013 was a year in which nearly a decade-long phase of preparation and training has drawn to a close. Not to say there isn’t more to come, but…

It is time to shift to action. In 2014, I look forward to walking this new path – to actually doing some of things I have been dreaming of for all these years.

A new path - Church of the Woods

A new path – Church of the Woods

Thanks to all who have made it possible.