This note is coming from San Jose, California, where I am at my daughter Ema's studio looking at her new work.
As some of you know I have been very involved in the Episcopal Church in the Philippines. I'm off tomorrow to Manila and from there to the Diocese of the Southern Philippines for their annual diocesan convention. Then on Saturday I return to Manila and take part in the Partners Roundtable - a meeting of representatives of churches that have partnered with the Episcopal Church in the Philippines. We will be discussing where our partnerships will lead now that the ECP is fully autonomous. What indeed will Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in the Body of Christ (MRI) look like in a post colonial and post modern context?
It will be an exciting time. At the close of the Partnership Roundtable there will be a service / conferring ceremony at the Cathedral at which, God willing and the people not having gotten cold feet, I will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Trinity University of Asia. I am immensely honored and delighted.
After that I'm off to join Kathryn in Germany to be with our grand-daughter Lily Anne. How good can it get?
I will be writing a lot, mostly because the air travel is long and I am reading a variety of things and will probably have some stirring of little gray cells in the process. Books are : The new issue of the Anglican Theological Review, Stringfellow's The Politics of Spirituality, a book titled, "Christian Missions in the American Empire," Reynolds Price's "A Serious Way of Wondering," and "The Arabic Alphabet: How to read and Write it." And, I hope to be keeping up with the Anglican Land doings from where ever I am. In particular I will be looking to see what the House of Bishops does at their March meeting.
All in all it is a gift.