2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for my blog. How nice of them (and how interesting to read!). Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it… Continue reading 2011 in review

On Veteran’s Day

Yesterday afternoon, a 35-year-old veteran died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the middle of the Occupy Burlington encampment in City Park (read/view the stories from the local news and the AP). While many have been quick to rush to judgements and political statements about the occupy movement, my colleague Mark reminds us not to… Continue reading On Veteran’s Day

A week in the life

The United Methodist Reporter has an article this week by staff writer Mallory McCall, where she compiles (abridged) weekly logs of pastoral activity by four different pastors in four different contexts. At least one of those pastors might be familiar to you (two actually, if you count my friend and fellow UM blogger, Jeremy, who… Continue reading A week in the life

Reflections on “Pastor’s 24”

Yesterday I joined 71 other pastors in a twitter project called Pastor's 24. It was a project suggested by my friend, colleague in ministry, and cohort in online Methodist geekdom (as of this writing, we are both featured in the blog section at umc.org, as we attempt to subvert the church with our newfangled communication… Continue reading Reflections on “Pastor’s 24”

Local Press, and Pressing Issues

I recently attended a meeting in Montpelier that gained some local press attention. A group of team and agency members, local residents, and interested activists gathered to talk about the problem of lack of affordable housing in the Montpelier area, and the large and growing number of persons who are without housing, are marginally housed,… Continue reading Local Press, and Pressing Issues

Thoughts from an UMAC newbie

Some people check the water level of the proverbial pool before they jump in. But you all know that I’m not ‘some people.’ I’m a co-chair of my Annual Conference’s Communications team, and frequently contribute to our online and print media communication. This qualifies me to become, as I did this year, a member of… Continue reading Thoughts from an UMAC newbie

I’m not ready to *not* make nice…

Howdy, y'all, from down here in Nashville! I'm attending the United Methodist Association of Communicators' Annual Meeting (about which I will say more later), where this blog, that's right, this very one, has been awarded Best in Class for non-fiction in the local church category. No pressure there. So, on to being relevant. Today, my… Continue reading I’m not ready to *not* make nice…