"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager
Yes, I am. I haven't posted in several weeks because I was immersed in all the arrangements for the Anglican primate of Southern Africa, Archbishop Ndungane, coming to St. Louis as part of a three-city tour sponsored by Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation.
He was an amazing person to spend time with. He is a tireless advocate for the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the church's leadership in the world in that arena. He also had very interesting perspectives on the just completed primates meeting.
I could write and write and write about his visit, but right now I've got so much going on in the near future, I have to turn my attention to that. The next few weeks are a whirlwind. This weekend, I'm doing a workshop at the diocesan leadership conference and guest preaching at St. Stephens, Ferguson (talking about the Sudan trip). Next weekend I'm teaching 3 two=hour classes at the school for congregational development going over generational theory and how it relates to the church. Then I preach Palm Sunday morning at Holy Communion. Then it's Holy Week (which I am SO looking forward to. I love Holy Week.) And then the day after Easter we leave for Sudan.
It's a lot in a short time ... and I don't think I'll even have a chance to think much about the Sudan trip until almost the day we leave, which is kind of weird.
Had a great meeting with Blair Henneke Martin, her husband Kevin Martin and their co-worker Meg Palm today. They are the staff of The Educational AIDS Mission or TEAM Tanzania ... the group that Jen Coil and Steve Scharre have gone to work with in the past that does AIDS education work through the diocese of Mpwapwa in Tanzania. What in the past has kind of been a shoestring organization sounds like it is really getting some good structure. I'm excited about the possibility for continued partnership. It was also just great to talk with people who share these passions.
There's lots more going on, but I'll close for now. More later ... promise.
| Mike at 3/10/2005 08:02:00 PM
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"Christ's example is being
demeaned by the church if they ignore the new leprosy,
which is AIDS. The church is the sleeping giant here.
If it wakes up to what's really going on in the rest
of the world, it has a real role to play. If it doesn't,
it will be irrelevant."