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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Things are Afoot

While I was "oohing" and "aahing" over my grandbabies on this glorious October afternoon, Mark Harris was writing a cogent summary of the most recent political machinations in the Anglican Communion.

PRELUDIUM: Things are Afoot: Moderator says, "hang together"

In this essay, Mark is his most brilliant self. Indeed, Mark and I have been working together since 1986 - way "back in the day" when he was at 815 Coordinating the Episcopal Church's Ministry in Higher Education and I was a newbie priest and Chaplain at University of Lowell in MA. He was absolutely brilliant back then - especially at NAT GAT III in Estes Park, Co, when an eruption of racial violence saw us spending the night together in a City Jail in Colorado.

The next morning when the rest of us were blurry-eyed and dazed, Mark delivered a sermon about racism and reconciliation that I'm willing to bet informed hundreds of young Episcopalians that lead to their personal transformation - and they have never been the same.

In this essay, he's never been more brilliant - or, more devilishly handsome (in my humble opinion). I think his most beautiful bride might agree - well, perhaps not publicly. Which is why he continues to be brilliant.

It has been said, and is never more true that behind every great man, there is a woman. And, you really don't want to mess with her.

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