2/25/2008

Leaving on a Jet Plane...

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.

10 comments:

  1. See you in Manila then!

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  2. Mark, many many congratulations!!! May your trip go well and may you be well celebrated.

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  3. The soil of Anglican Land is enriched by your contribution via Preludium. Our friends in the Philippines are fortunate indeed to be able to share the fruit of your finely-honed wisdom...next time,please stop off in Hong Kong. Travel well!
    scipio

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful few days. I hope it is. Congrats on the degree!

    FWIW
    jimB

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  5. Do you have any information on the condition of Bishop Miguel Paredes Yamoyam of the Philippines? He has been on my prayer list since you reported his aneurysm, but I never heard of his outcome.
    I will pray for your safety as you travel about.

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  6. Dear BOOCAT...yes, Bishop Miguel is doing OK. He is home, goes for therapy weekly. He is wheelchair bound and can not speak. I gather he can now read and he comes to service on Sundays. He is able to walk one or two steps, I gather. Considering that he was given only a 50 /50 chance to survive at all, he is doing very well. Given his prior very active life he is just getting by. I will see him on Monday and will report further.

    Prayers for recovery still needed, prayers for survival met.

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  7. Good to see your getting some light reading in.....
    Happy Trails to You!

    Scott

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  8. Congrats on the degree. I really love your blog. May God give you safety and peace in your travels!

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