Camp Chanco is alive with the good news of Jesus' love

The summer camping sessions are in full swing at Camp Chanco.  As some of you may know, I have made Chanco my residence this summer.  This decision has given me the opportunity to greet, meet, and make friends with the permanent staff, the seasonal staff, the volunteer counselors and with all of the children who attend the camp sessions. 

When I was about 10 years old and attended my first summer camp session at Kanuga Conferences in Western North Carolina, I had my initial introduction to the positive effects of our Episcopal Church camping programs.  Though I did not know it at the time, I was being given an in-depth immersion to my formation as a baptized follower of Jesus. 
This summer I have been thinking a great deal about the opportunities we have at Chanco to form girls and boys as followers of Jesus.  The pervasive theme we are using this year with each session of campers is “The Way of Love.”  Though our theme was inspired by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, I believe that th…

A New Vision

Last month on Saturday, the 10th of May almost 100 of the leaders of the Diocese of Southern Virginia gathered at The Church of the Redeemer in Midlothian, VA.  At this first-ever gathering of lay and ordained Christian leaders we were challenged and inspired by Tod Bolsinger to begin to envision a new leadership style.

Tod’s presentation, largely based upon his book, Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Unchartered Territory, engaged us in both encouraging and challenging conversation about the requirements for leadership in our new era.  If we take at face value what Tod said, and I do, then we will need to be thinking about some of the leadership shifts we will need to make – sooner rather than later.  For example, as we try to get our heads and leadership style wrapped around “adaptive change,” it is clear to me that our older management style of status quo maintenance will not serve the leaders (either lay or ordained) within our congregations. 
Now our next venture int…

With new vistas come new opportunities

As I write this I am on my way to the School of Theology at Sewanee, TN to visit with a couple of our seminarians.  From there I will travel on to Chicago for a visit with the President, staff, and faculty of Bexley-Seabury Seminary to explore new modalities of theological education.  Thinking about this trip I am becoming aware that both visits have to do with how we will move into the theological formation of clergy for a new and emerging era. 
As many people are proclaiming, this new era of ministry delivery and congregation forming may be so new to us that few have any idea of what to expect.  From where I stand, it appears to be an era of opportunity.  Yet, we’ll only be able to see the opportunities when we learn to look in the right places. Next Saturday (5/11/19) as clergy and lay leaders, we will gather at Redeemer Church in Midlothian to have conversations with Tod Bolsinger to explore how we might begin to shift our vision so that we can see our new possibilities.
Many peopl…