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  •  I can still see him at convention ... (11+ / 0-)

    ... sitting at the head table with his quietly competent way of keeping everything moving forward in an orderly fashion while giving every person speaking his complete attention despite any chaos that may have threatened to infiltrate the proceedings.

    I think that's what has always impressed me, perhaps in part because I struggle with it myself: his ability to truly listen, to be fully present.  It's a great gift to the one to whom he gives it.

    •  That is my experience of him, too. (10+ / 0-)

      He gives his full and undivided attention to anyone he's dealing with. It's very genuine, and creates the kind of trust that I believe, as an Anglican, is very important for the honesty and transparency of leadership that the Episcopal Church often demands of their Bishops. It's one of the reasons our little church is so successful, and widely respected.

      +Barbara Harris--also a first as the first female Bishop in the Communion--has similar traits. If you ever get the opportunity to hear her speak or preach, DO IT! She's still around the Boston area.

      I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

      by commonmass on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 07:07:35 AM PDT

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      •  Already have. :-) (6+ / 0-)

        I worked a contract for a brokerage firm at Downtown Crossing in 2001 and regularly attended St. Paul's.

        I had seen and heard +Barbara before, both in person and on videos that made the rounds of various ECW groups, but I hadn't actually met her, certainly not in as intimate a setting as midday eucharist.

        I have two enduring memories of her there.  One was on Ash Wednesday when I got on her line for the imposition of ashes and found myself behind an elderly Arican American woman.  When +Barbara imposed ashes on her forehead, there was something particularly sacred about the moment, given that there was a time not that long ago when it couldn't have happened, and by "not that long ago" I am referring of course to our less-than-stellar church history in the area of equality for both women and people of color.  Then she imposed the ashes on my forehead, and it was nothing routine about it -- you'd think it was the first and only time it ever happened, as if I had been the only person in line.  Very few clergypersons can manage that.

        The second memory is more mundane: I was over at the cathedral bookstore and she was smoking a cigarette on the sidewalk.  We had a lovely chat about everything and nothing in particular, including the book I had just purchased.

        •  I used to hang out at the Cathedral and Cowley (6+ / 0-)

          bookstore (as it was called in those days--the Cowley fathers were just up the street, well, across the park) and I hear it's gone. What a shame.

          I've had a cigarette or two with +Barbara. +Gayle, on the other hand, I have some stories about. As well as +Shaw.

          I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

          by commonmass on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 08:42:50 AM PDT

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