Wednesday, October 29, 2014


No beasts are so cruel as the Christians are in their dealings with each other. Ammianus Marcellinus (c. AD 330 - 95).  Absolution by Murder by Peter Tremayne. Set in #Ireland this is 7th century #historical fiction with meticulous research. Tremayne is, as you may know, the pseudonym for Peter Ellis, an authority on the Celts. This murder mystery is his imaginative re telling of the conflict of the Synod of AD 664. Celtic and Roman churches met at Whitby to debate and decide matters of liturgy and ritual. Instead of just discussion there is action! In fact, there are a couple of unholy murders. This is a Sister Fidelma and Brother Eadulf mystery. Interesting read. Recommended. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Update on the Remedial Compliants and Stays

10/02/14 Update - On the same day I posted Forrest Claassen, Stated Clerk posted Orders of the SPJC (the official announcement of the remedial complaints) on the Presbytery of Los Ranchos blog. You can read it from here:

Earlier this summer I posted about the remedial complaints that resulted in Stays of the dismissal. Well, 7 congregations have now finally left our Presbytery of Los Ranchos. People staying in the presbytery are grieving their leaving. At the Gathering last week, September 18, we prayed by laying hands on them. Today, I continue to pray for God's blessings on all of us, the churches leaving, those staying, those discerning whether to stay or leave. Most of all, though, I pray for the Spirit's comfort and guidance of those whose faith has been negatively impacted by us. This is not one of our finest moments. Tom and Forrest have said it well in their posts Where Are We Now? (taking time and space to grieve) and Church Departures: What's Next? (for church member, pastor, inquirer/candidate, member of a presbytery committee, etc.). Here's what happened.