Saturday, 24 April 2010

My weekend adventure in New England


 A week ago I was in New England for Ian Douglas’ consecration as Bishop of Connecticut.
I extended my trip to three nights so that I could get to visit with some of my old friends.
I was in nine towns, Granby, Ludlow, South Deerfield, Greenfield, Williamstown and Lenox MA, together with Hartford, Windsor Locks and Glastonbury in Connecticut.  Only nine towns, but a host of friends!
Joe and Deanne R with their children Faith and Ben.  I’ve known Joe since 1980 and assisted at Deanne and Joe’s wedding. On Thursday 15th April 2010 I stayed overnight with Joe and Dee. Joe’s brother Bill joined us for dinner. Bill, Joe and Dee are also friends of my bother Martyn and sister-in-law Wendy.
Charles and Pam B. I visited with them for mid-morning coffee on Friday 16th April 2010. Pam is a member of St. Christopher’s in Chicopee, MA where I was Vicar 1980-1984. She shares my naughty sense of humour!
Richard T.  He and I go back to about 1978 in Fitchburg.  There I also go to know his dad and step-mom, and his three brothers and one sister.  Richard married Elizabeth back in 1984 on Long Island, and yes, I assisted in that ceremony!  

Richard is 6’7” and he has never forgotten my mother who invited him to fly to England to paint her kitchen ceiling – sans step ladder!  

The constraints of time meant that Richard and could do no more than meet for breakfast on Friday 16th April 2010 in a restaurant, therefore  I did not get to see Elizabeth and their three sons.
On Saturday 17th April 2010 I met many friends at the ordination of Ian Douglas to be bishop of Connecticut , especially as the St. James’s, Cambridge choir sang at the service,

  Of special pleasure was seeing Trish M.  That was unexpected. She and her husband Chris were members of St. James’s. They now serve in Ecuador where Chris will be ordained Priest later this year.
It is always a pleasure to spend time with Grace J.  She was my Junior Warden in Pittsfield. Since then her career has taken her first to Oneonta, N.Y, to Park City, UT and now to Norwich, CT where she is president of the Three Rivers Community College.  Grace and I have managed to get together from time to time even though we’ve been separated by many miles.  On Friday 16th April 2010  we shared a lovely time over dinner in a Glastonbury, CT restaurant.
Saturday evening, (April 17th 2010)  after the consecration I had dinner with Noel P. and Kristin and their sons in South Deerfield.  I’ve know Noel since about 1979 when he was a school boy camper at the former Camp Bement. I had never before met his wife and children, and it was fun to see Noel as a mature family man.
After an overnight in a Greenfield Hotel I drove west on the lovely  Route 2, up into the Berkshire Hills, and to Williamstown in time for Sunday Eucharist at St. John’s, Williamstown. I am very fond of the Rector Peter and his wife Diana – both of whom were mildly shocked to see me in their midst. In their minds I was down in Florida – the State, not the nearby Massachusetts town by that name.  The service included a splendid adult baptism, and I’ll comment on that tomorrow.  Peter’s sermon was first class.
( See “Breakfast is Served” at http://elvinsermons.blogspot.com/  )
Then it was down very familiar roads from Williamstown to Lenox where I had a good lunch and an excellent conversation with Gwen S.  I’ve known Gwen since 1975 when she was one of the trainers for the Vacation Church School team of which I was a part that summer. It is always good to be with Gwen.
And now, six days later, it is good to be back at home!


Friday, 23 April 2010

Night night

Sleep tight

Mind the bugs

Don't bite.

More tomorrow

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Re-blog from yesterday. I hope that you will be able to read this.

I took advantage of being in New England for Ian Douglas’s consecration, and visited other friends in the area. I’ll tell you about them tomorrow after I’ve had chance to talk about that part of the trip with my brother. He knows some of the cast of characters, and deserves to hear the news before you!

The Consecration Liturgy was well planned and well executed. It lasted nearly three hours, but it truly did not seem to be that long.

Here are some of my memories.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu looked tired. Nonetheless his sermon was engaging and provocative. As he spoke of G-d’s desire to welcome all people Tutu said (with a twinkle in his eye) “G-d must be a utopian!”) A bit later he asked us “do you really think that when the Dalai Lama dies G-d will refuse him entry into heaven by saying “Sorry you are not a Christian”?


It was wonderful to see so many parishioners from St. James’s, Cambridge, MA where I was Rector 2000-2006. Ian Douglas was a Priest Associate there (for some 18 or more years) and his and Kristin’s children grew up in that parish.

So St. Jamesians were very much in evidence, and the parish choir delighted us (and G-d?) with some terrific music. Since I left the parish has learned an exciting musical version of the Nicene Creed, and this was the way we “did” the creed at the service. St. James’s worshipper Tom Hirschi was the prayerful Cantor for this - and he is a Buddhist!


I was happy to hug a few of the Bishops whom I’ve met along the way.

Tom Shaw and Barbara Harris were there from Massachusetts.

Gordon Scruton from Western Massachusetts. Mark Beckwith from Newark – he and I were colleagues in a clergy support group when he was Rector at All Saints’ Church, Worcester, MA – and we went to Taize together in 1999.

Larry Provenzano from Long Island – he and I were colleagues when we served parishes in the Berkshire Hills of Western Mass.

I spotted Donald Hart, former Bishop of Hawaii. His wife Elizabeth grew up in Pittsfield and I would see them at St. Stephen’s parish when they visited Elizabeth’s parents.


I met Laura Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan in Connecticut for the first time. She made a lasting impression on me since she, filled with joy, shared her beautiful smile throughout the service. I was able to have a brief chat with her, and thanked her for the inspiration I gained from her smile.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Memories from Ian Douglas's Consecration

I took advantage of being in New England for Ian Douglas’s consecration, and visited other friends in the area.   I’ll tell you about them tomorrow after I’ve had chance to talk about that part of the trip with my brother.  He knows some of the cast of characters, and deserves to hear the news before you!
The Consecration Liturgy was well planned and well executed.  It lasted nearly three hours, but it truly did not seem to be that long.
Here are some of my memories.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu looked tired. Nonetheless his sermon was engaging and provocative.  As he spoke of G-d’s desire to welcome all people Tutu said (with a twinkle in his eye) “G-d must be a utopian!”     A bit later he asked us “do you really think that when the Dalai Lama dies G-d will refuse him entry into heaven by saying “Sorry you are not a Christian”?
It was wonderful to see so many parishioners from St. James’s, Cambridge, MA where I was Rector 2000-2006.  Ian Douglas was a Priest Associate there (for some 18 or more years) and his and Kristin’s children grew up in that parish.  So St. Jamesians were very much in evidence, and the parish choir delighted us (and G-d?) with some terrific music.  Since I left the parish has learned an exciting musical version of the Nicene Creed, and this was the way we “did” the creed at the consecration  service.  St. James’s worshipper Tom Hirschi was the prayerful Cantor for this - and he is a Buddhist!
I was happy to hug a few of the Bishops whom I’ve met along the way.  Tom Shaw and Barbara Harris were there from Massachusetts.  Gordon Scruton from Western Massachusetts.  Mark Beckwith from Newark – he and I were colleagues in a clergy support group when he was Rector at All Saints’ Church, Worcester, MA – and we went to Taize together in 1999.  Larry Provenzano from Long Island – he and I were colleagues when we served parishes in the Berkshire Hills of Western Mass.    I spotted Donald Hart, former Bishop of Hawaii. His wife Elizabeth grew up in Pittsfield and I would see them at St. Stephen’s parish when they visited Elizabeth’s parents.
I met Laura Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan in Connecticut for the first time.  She made a lasting impression on me since she, filled with joy, shared her beautiful smile throughout the service.  I was able to have a brief chat with her, and thanked her for the inspiration I gained from her smile.
(1)  The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu -  an earlier photo' - (not at the consecration)   (2) Bishop Ahrens   (3)  The Family.  Ian Douglas, his wife Kristin Harris.  Their children Luke (back left), Tim (back right), Johanna (front right). (soon after I arrived at St. James's, Cambridge in 2000 I found a note on my desk from Johanna  (then aged 7 or 8). It read "Michael Povey -  you sing loud.  I sing loud.  Could we sing a loud duet".  We did that just a few Sundays later.
Now Johanna is about to graduate from High School!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

So

S0  ------  I traveled from Florida  to New England in order to attend the ordination and consecration  of my friend   (since 1976)  Ian Douglas as  Episcopal Bishop of Connectucut.

IT WAS a terrifically wondrous trip.

Here is a picture of  Ian, taken soon after the consecration.  To his right (on the left in this pic) are his wife Kristin and his oldest son Luke./




I'll write more about  my trip  tomorrow


Monday, 19 April 2010

My weekend adventure. I was in Florida!

Here I am again with details of my adventures since 14th April.

I have been away from home.

I drove through Florida from east to west on Sunday 18th April 2010.

Florida? Yes, the town of Florida, Massachusetts  (not far from Peru, Massachusetts.

Florida is a town in the western hills of Mass. Sooner or later I'll tell you why I was there.





FLORIDA MA, IN THE THE HILL COUNTRY OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS