The crowd at OCICBW... have helped quite a few people over the last few years by generously giving from their own, often limited, resources. Our greatest achievement has to be the campaign where we raised over $10000 for the Church of Christ the King and their mission among the people of the City of God in Rio. Therefore, this email that I have just received means a heck of lot to me. We are just a bunch of bog standard people but together we have changed the world and made it a better place. Thank you all so much for letting me be a part of this wonderful, still evolving, adventure.



  1. Jonathan, it’s enough to make any of us blubber. I am quite thankful that I was able to contribute in a small way to the mighty effort to help the people and the church serving the poorest of the poor in the slums the City of God.

  2. What a wonderful letter, and like Mimi, I was glad to be a part of that particular fund raising effort. And I really don’t remember the amount, so my left brain doesn’t know what the right brain is doing!

  3. What a great letter. You deserve his praise. OCICBW has helped a lot of people some financially and others through the fact that it exists as a community.

  4. We never know the ripples that spread from the smallest faithful act. Your faithfulness enriches my life so much. It was wonderful to be part of the City of God project. It is a great grace to experience our connectedness.

  5. It’s time to recognize this blog is more than just making good jokes. I wonder if there are bishops following this blog.

  6. I believe there are some bishops following this blog, but what we really need is Jonathan’s bishop to be aware of all the coverage Jonathan has had recently. Fr Jake has a lovely blog post about him today.

    I’m beginning to think that Jonathan’s amazing gift for outreach and creative ministry is precisely his problem in a church that is focused around parishes with 20 elderly ladies, Appeal funds, parochial concerns.
    The church actually has no proper paid position to offer to someone of Jonathan’s skills because his outreach is global whereas the structure of churches makes them think and act locally.

    What we need now is the “outreach committees” of churches to learn to think outside the box, to look at people like Jonathan and ask some serious questions about how this potential can be harnessed for the church.

  7. I agree, Erika. But I don’t think the local should be separated from the universal. I have found that both inform each other and what is learnt from one is extremely valuable for the other.

    We are at the beginning of something new and there are already many bloggers, lay and clerical, who are very much part of their local context but who have become aware of the wider world through the internet (that’s definitely true in my case). I think this will grow and it will be through friendship that a truly universal church will evolve.

  8. MP
    I agree that the universal and the local go hand in hand.
    What I’d like to see is the church finding a way of extending its professional ministry to the kind of things you do. And the regionalised structure gets in the way there.
    You have no geographic constituency, your work cannot be quantified according to Diocesan statistics and it can therefore not be remunerated from any Diocesan money pot.

    We need the church structures to loosen and change in accordance with the changes happening to ministry in the real world.

    In an ideal world you would have a priestly role in a team parish as well as being paid for your Internet ministry and the church would acknowledge you and support you with pride for all your skills and how you use them for Christ.

  9. I agree with Erika utterly.

    I really wish I had been around when the outreach to the Church of Christ the King was happening. I feel like I’ve missed out by not being part of that one.

  10. I agree with Erika utterly.

    I wish I had been around when the outreach to the Church of Christ the King was happening. I really feel like I’ve missed out.

  11. MP, I may not always agree with you (and by the way, when are you next dog walking in my village?)- but doesn’t the good book say ‘by your fruits you shall know them?’

    As an increasingly wobbly evo, I am convinced that God is much more interested in our orthopraxy than our orthodoxy (I’ll have to sit down- too many long words). Hmmm- which one of us has managed to do so much good? Not me! Well done good and faithful servant…

    If you can’t get fixed up in the good old CoE- come over to the dark side of Methodism- there is plenty of room for eccentrics and the unbalanced here (well I’m here). Or as we Methodists like to say ‘John Wesley’s continuing Anglicans’

    If I had a hat, I’d take it off to you!

  12. Thanks, Graham. And I love the term “Wobbly.”

    Wobbly evangelical, wobbly anglo-catholic, wobbly liberal. Yes, so much better than post this and that and all the other adjectives people are bandying around nowadays.

  13. Yes, I immediately thought of John Wesley as well. “The world is my parish” and all that.

    I blubbered like a girlie too and I’m not the blubbering type.

  14. It was a right and good and joyful..always and everywhere…

    This is a wonderful thing Jonathan. To be reminded that we made a small mark for good in the world is a special thing indeed.

  15. Padre Eduardo, It was so great to hear from you again, and now to see your handsome face and your post here in the thread. I wish you would tell us more about what you are doing now. Where are you serving in Rio?

    It was great to be a part of that Christmas appeal. What was that, two years ago? Well, at least two Christmases back.

    word verification = ingen
    That was the firm that played God with the dinosaurios in Jurassic Park, right?

  16. I wish I could blubber like a girlie; this would be the time.

    As our Sistah in Norwich once said “Ever’thing gon be alright”; thanks and praise be to Godde for the Crazy-arsed Priest, who has done so much to remind us all of our part wherever and whatever our particulars.

    Here’s to ya, mate.

  17. “Wobby liberal”. It is totally sod’s law that the day you have a go at someone else’s bad spelling or typos you’ll do it yourself. It happens every time.

  18. In an ideal world you would have a priestly role in a team parish as well as being paid for your Internet ministry and the church would acknowledge you and support you with pride for all your skills and how you use them for Christ.

    Erika, yes, indeed!

    About my own blog, I would not spend the time and effort on writing if I did not believe that, in a small way, I was writing ad majorem Dei gloriam. Perhaps I puff myself up too much by thinking such a thing, but, if so, may God guide me back to the right path and give me my time back.

    And I think, “Why doesn’t my parish bless what I think of as a ministry?” Rather, with the exception of a few, the members of the congregation who read my blog are wary of me as a loose cannon. There’s lots that I write that could go on the parish website, which certainly needs livening up, but that doesn’t happen. I recently made a timid suggestion to my rector that certain of my posts (Feast days!) were suitable for inclusion on the parish website, but I don’t expect that my suggestion will go anywhere

    It’s the same with Jonathan. Most of the powers in the institution and certain of the membership are wary and fearful of this new thing.

    I write this long comment here, because I don’t want to write the words on my blog. Forgive me, Jonathan, for taking up so much space in your comments.

  19. Jonathan, you know damned well what the words mean. I had to write AMDG on all my school papers in elementary and high school. And university, too! The Jesuits insisted. And we had to know what the letters stood for and what the Latin meant. A little Latin here, and a little Latin there, and pretty soon you can throw out phrases from memory like an expert in the language.

  20. No. I know Dei is something to do with God and I guess gloriam has something to do with glory. But in the Church of England we stopped talking latin back in old King Harry’s reign.

  21. I’ve figure it out.

    You are a Digital Evangelizer.

    It should be a job title with pay and benefits. But doing it fulltime could be kind of lonely if you like to meet people in the flesh. How about a part-time job?

    Yr Digital Evangelizee,

  22. AMDG…yes, I had to write it on my papers in school too. We had a very fierce nun in the 8th grade who insisted.

    I think as Fr Jake’s comments make clear on HIS blog, that the church as an institution is having a hard time with this New Thing and these New People. It has to figure out how to harness the creative rebels. Right now it just putsthem outside and hopes they wander away, but you’d better be sure they’ll take credit as soon as they can if something gets a big splash.

    Institutions are like that and you can’t really hold it against them. The people who rise are selected because they think like that. It’s why it’s so important for the creative rebels to stay in the institution, when possible, and sabotage its institutionalism, so to speak.

  23. Since when?

    Paul (A.), I did roll off the barque of Peter and land in the Anglican barque.

    Jonathan, the canon treats me with the greatest respect, lest I write him up. It’s great to be in the position of having nothing to lose.

  24. Jonathan, have you ever thought about going on the lecture/workshop circuit? You could become a noted authority on the emerging church. I’m sure that Brian McLaren and others command a handsome fee for their appearances.

    The downside for you: you might have to fly across the pond; the upside for us: we would have the honor of your presence here on our own soil. We could even launch your career in Louisiana! Mimi could act as your agent.

  25. Well, let’s put on our thought caps…..
    When radio was developed, religious programming began when they found sponsors, When tv was developed, religious programming developed when they found sponsors…
    Now blogging has ben invented Ssooooo??
    You have to make your blogging monitarily valuable to a ——-!!
    or plural sponsors.
    Problem there is that you are a very indepndent kind of blogger, and apparently no one has found a way to sponsor bloggers yet. Certainly not the C of E I guess…..Couldn’t u work on the idea of developing a sponsor (not just us poor suckers, someone(s) who will pay to have their message blogged?(professionally blogged, that is)Of course you would have to approve of their mission (aye, that’s the rub) Of course one of the joys of reading blogs is no advertising as such, but there’s always spin
    Think of PBS and Mom Angelica’s EWTN — they mostly advertise their own programs, not products.
    Example: what about some Gay/Lsbian sponsors paying you to write on their behalf, which u now do part time for zilch instead of cash. Or Border Collie folks who want their events talked about???
    U can think of your own causes and do specific blogs to get out the messages (for $$$$) Maybe u could get an adventureous diocese to sponsor…….
    Peace (put that gun away) Nij