The Rev. Linda Grenz, chief everything for Leader Resources, old friend and all around champion for the cause of a more highly energized and motivated church, has joined the staff of the Diocese of Rhode Island during the transition to the new bishop Nick Knisely. When he is in place Linda will become Canon to the Ordinary. An amazingly good appointment!
This would not rise to the level of national news except for the fact that Linda Grenz has widely written, published, organized and otherwise opined on many matters pertaining to congregational life. What is newsworthy here is that she is taking the risk of having to personally put her ideas back in the mix of actual diocesan processes and politics, and the Bishop has appointed a Canon who will hold him to the actualization of vision. Gutsy on both their parts.
The news about Linda Grenz came from the Facebook page for the Diocese and chatter on the House of Bishops/ House of Deputies list. Apparently lots of people are excited about this one! For good reason.
Both of these bits of news are about good news. And as always good news comes from occasions when relatively normal people on the ground do things that serve the commonwealth of God.