New Church


May 22, 2014

By: Tom Brackett

My conversation with the "Standing Commission on the Structure of the Church" reminded me of this beautiful quote from Tim Brown's "Change by Design"   It’s no accident that designers in recent years have been following the emerging science of biomimicry—the idea that nature, with its 4.5 billion-...

February 22, 2014

"The adult is not the highest stage of development. The end of the cycle is that of the independent, clear-minded, all-seeing Child. That is the level known as wisdom. When the Tao Te Ching and other wise books say things like, 'Return to the beginning; become a child again,' that’s what they’...

February 21, 2014

It was G. K. Chesterton who kept alive the spirit of Kierkegaard and naive Christianity in modern thought, as when he showed with such style that the characteristics the modern mind prides itself on are precisely those of madness. There is no one more logical than the lunatic, more concerned...

February 21, 2014

Text: John 21:1-19

Who am I? I have been called the Episcopal Church’s expert on new ministries. “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.” (Physicist Niels Bohr)

“I live to serve the Spirit in all of creation by being a loving...

January 6, 2014

Starting the new year out right asks us to reconsider how we prioritize!

In the worlds of sociology and psychology, heuristics are simple, efficient rules proposed to explain how people make decisions and solve problems, typically when facing complex problems or incomplete information....

January 4, 2014

"To gain the kingdom of heaven is to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen, and to know the unknowable."

August 6, 2013

This is an accumulated list of questions and responses from ministry leaders across the Episcopal Church. We will update this list with fresh questions and discerned responses, as they come to us.


1.) After reading the application, my question is, must this be a new ministry? ...

May 14, 2013

My father spent the summer of 1904 on the farm of an aunt and uncle who lived a stone’s throw northeast of Lucknow in Bruce County, Ontario, Canada. 

It so happened that the aunt and uncle had a son the same age as my father. Story has it that when the two boys were together, they were a...