From The Rector

The Rector's articles for the parish and community.

Posted 1 month 1 day ago | Pasture Tales

At a recent High Plains Region lunch honoring Parish Administrators, attendees were asked what the biggest challenge of their job was. One of the challenges of my job is helping parishioners understand what it means to grow spiritually. Over the past 36 years of ordained ministry I have found that it's very hard for Episcopal congregations to come to a consensus about what it means to be spiritual.

Posted 3 months 3 weeks ago | Pasture Tales

In a recent Covenant Bible Study discussion, five adults explored several of the Psalms and, in our discussion of Psalm 22, we wondered why it was that the psalm seemed to shift dramatically from a long list of agonizing complaints to God (several of these verses are quoted in Gospel passages of the crucifixion of Jesus) to several verses of unconstrained praise of God. Maybe, we wondered, this what happens in our lives when we are consumed by anger or grief.

Posted 7 months 2 days ago | Pasture Tales

My father was a historian and one of the things that I miss the most since his death in 2011 is talking with him about American politics and government. As someone who wrote his PhD thesis on the great Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Charles Evans Hughes, my dad had a wonderful perspective on the history of Federal law and the role of the Supreme Court in American political history. I would love to know what my dad would have thought about the current debate going on about the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice.

Posted 9 months 1 day ago | Pasture Tales

Growing up with a father who was a private school headmaster, I've always looked forward to the fall and the beginning of school. At Good Shepherd the fall is a special time of year, but not quite the same as in year's past. With the start of school and children's sports programs, with the increase in fall travel by our retired parishioners, and with the beautiful fall weather in Colorado, life is much quieter around the church than it was when I was first ordained. Having said that, there are some wonderful things that go on at Good Shepherd this time of year.

Posted 1 year 2 days ago | Pasture Tales

Deacon Alwen Bledsoe, our Youth and Family Minister, will be ordained to the priesthood on June 18 and I want to share with you how her role will be changing at Good Shepherd.

Posted 1 year 1 month ago | Pasture Tales

As we enter into the season when most weddings occur, I am reminded that many parishioners who have come into the congregation over the past two years might not be aware of where Good Shepherd stands in regard to same sex unions and weddiings.

Posted 1 year 1 month ago | Pasture Tales

Recently, our new Communications Director, DeeDee Atwood, took over responsibility for changing our lighted church sign on Dry Creek Road from parishioner Sally VanWelden, who has faithfully braved the elements for several years to change the sign messages, especially at Christmastime and Holy Week. DeeDee and I were talking about what message to post now that Holy Week and Easter Day have passed, and I suggested, "Share the Joy of Easter With Us." DeeDee commented that most people driving by wouldn't understand this because, in their minds, Easter has come and gone.

Posted 1 year 2 months ago | Pasture Tales

In the February 27 edition of the Denver Post there was an article about how many Americans are discovering the benefits of meditation. I wasn't surprised, since it has been clear to me for some time that many people are now realizing the cost of being connected to the internet 24/7. The Denver Post article put it this way: "Meditation is the antidote to the fast-paced tech world we live. There's slowly been a backlash against a distracted, multi-tasking lifestyle to one that is a more self-aware, live-in-the-moment attitude."

Posted 1 year 3 months ago | Pasture Tales

One of the things we celebrated at our Annual Parish Meeting on January 24 was the creation of a new staff position for communications. With the rise of web-based communications, it has become increasingly important to devote financial resources to hiring qualified professionals to manage this area of church life.