[RivCompanions] Today! (Please read and respond)

L Inman linman26 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 22 17:14:55 UTC 2014

Yes, happy feast of the Magdalene!  Last night we celebrated the feast a
little early at the House of Grace at SMM, with Evening Prayer and some
snacks and wine.  SMM is headed into the part of the rector search where
the vestry meets with the candidates chosen by the search committee (a
heavy slate of meetings for David and me!), so please do keep SMM in your
prayers for her patronal (matronal?) feast.  (Also, I arrived at church
yesterday to lead Morning Prayer and preach, to find that Steve Rottgers
was in attendance.  Glad I didn't know beforehand I was going to be
preaching in front of the Canon to the Ordinary. But it all went very well
-- SMM's way of doing liturgy is wonderful; everybody who has a part to
play does it very conscientiously and with maximal courtesy for their

Speaking of the House of Grace. I did pencil in the Bethel Chapter Ember
Meeting for September 14, which is a Sunday afternoon. I see no reason why
Bethel Chapter shouldn't meet the week before the Special GC, but while I
was writing to say I can get time off to attend a September GC, I thought
I'd mention it in case the logistics alter.



On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM, Virginia Brown <mothervirginiadb at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Good morning, everyone!  Happy St. Mary Magdalene's Day!  Today marks the
> anniversary of what we consider our first profession, when Cathy, Donna and
> I together committed ourselves to our Rule, and to whatever adventures the
> future might hold for us, having taken that radical step expressed in the
> Prologue, giving ourselves wholly, all we are, all we possess, into God's
> hands for God's purposes.  We were together in Albuquerque, and to mark the
> occasion we each received one of the prototype Rivendell crosses I'd
> ordered a couple of weeks beforehand--the small pewter ones.  We had little
> idea of what all this would mean--but we desired to live radically and
> faithfully as disciples of Jesus, friends of God and God's Reign.
> A couple of notes to the letter I sent yesterday:
> 1.  Some may well not have seen it at all, since it would have appeared as
> another contribution to the old "election needed..." email.  Please do look
> at it, and please respond, today if at all possible, with which date(s) you
> could attend a special GC, September 19-20 or October 3-4, and whether you
> could attend all day Friday, all day Saturday, or both.  I'd like to hear
> from everyone so we can see what's best for most and make a decision.
> 2.  Also, regarding recent events and our feelings and responses:  I do
> want to clarify something regarding concerns expressed about whether
> someone should have done something earlier on.  As I see it, it's clear
> that everyone who was close enough to the situation to intervene did so.
> (All of us attempted to talk with Susie, and mostly were rebuffed or
> ignored.)  Those who were not close enough, which is the majority of the
> Community, couldn't have done anything--they weren't close enough.  All of
> us did the best we could with the information and opportunities available.
> So, at this point no one should be spending energy feeling guilty.  Let's
> use our energy to move forward!
> Much love, and a happy St. Mary Mag's Day, to all.
> Virginia
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