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Dear readers,

Sorry to be away from the blog for a while, but we have been dealing with a terribly sad and unnecessary tragedy at Old North in the last few weeks that led to the untimely death of one of my colleagues.  I cannot comment publicly on the situation other than to say do not believe what you read in the press.   I can also commend my congregation as a wonderful, caring group of Episcopalians who are pastoring to each other and to me in the kindest and most creative ways imaginable.

The Massachusetts Episcopal Clergy Association is sponsoring a day long workshop, featuring your truly, at Christ Church, Plymouth, MA, on Thursday, December 13 from 9:00 until 3:00.   The workshop is entitled, “Preparing your Portfolio; a workshop to help you navigate your way through the “new” discernment process”  The fee, including lunch, is $25.  I am sure clergy from other dioceses will be welcome.  For more information contact: the Rev. Robert Hensley, Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1197, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

I am available, from time to time, to lead workshops like this for travel expenses and a small honorarium.  If you would like to bring me to your diocese or seminary, please e-mail me at: stephentayres@gmail.com.

I am trying to find the time to write a blog in honor of the Red Sox by asking the question, “If you were to blow up the discernment process and start afresh, what parts would you trade to Los Angeles, what parts would you keep, and what new players would your seek?”  Your comments are welcome.