A few weeks ago, I accepted the call to serve in the Reimagining Curacies program. I said yes to a set of communities who I’d only met through email, Zoom and social media. This, as you will easily guess, is not even the strangest part of my first few months of ordained ministry. I was ordained to the transitional diaconate on March 7, 2020—on the eve of the pandemic.
My pastoral and theological approach to this new initiative is that of a learner, wanting to learn new ways of being a leader of God’s people. What does it mean to be a ‘learner-priest’ in this new normal? How can I be a learner post-covid 19, as we consider its impact on two of the Lord’s sacraments, Eucharist and Baptism?
O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord.