I am now in Rutherfordton, North Carolina where I performed at St. Francis Episcopal Church last night for a particularly engaged and appreciative (and quite large) gathering of people, a number of whom are doing EFM (Education for Ministry). There have been a number of EFM groups attend in various places I have been to, and they always seem to be particularly clued in, perhaps because they have already studied Mark’s Gospel in some depth.
St Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC. Note the similarity of the lychgate with that of St. Francis-in-the-Wood. Continue reading
“They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them, and they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid.” So begins the third “act” of my dramatization Testament of a Naked Man. A striking image as we begin the journey, or the final part of the journey, to the cross. I imagine Jesus resolute, jaw set, striding into whatever awaits him; and according to the story, he had a pretty good idea of what awaited him, as is made explicit in the next verses when he takes the twelve aside again and tells them what is to happen to him. Continue reading
It’s been a very full week, to say the least beginning with last Saturday evening, May 2 when I was in Ardmore, Oklahoma for the first of two performances of “Testament of a Naked Man” within 24 hours – preaching there on the Sunday morning (at three services) and then hot-footing it down to Sherman, Texas to perform at 3pm.
From the New Camaldoli Hermitage I headed south to spend the weekend with good friends in San Luis Obispo before pointing east towards Arizona where I was to perform at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Prescott on Tuesday, April 28.
The past couple of weeks I have mainly been on retreat at a couple of monasteries in California – first at Redwoods, a Cistercian women’s order, and then the New Camaldoli Hermitage near Big Sur. Continue reading
So, since Seattle I have been having some days of rest and restoration after all the busyness leading up to and including Holy Week and Easter, and all the preparations and plans for this “Naked Man on the Road” project. Continue reading
So I am FINALLY on my way, after weeks and months of planning and preparing. Uneventful and pleasant drive down to Seattle, straightforward crossing of the border, and the first performance at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle – not in the sanctuary but in Bloedel Hall, which has it’s own stage… Continue reading