Apparently the Holy Family, while on posada (noun? verb? gerund-participle?) in Ministry Division, Church House, Westminster, fell among thieves and bad, bad, men.
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I have been invited to be the keynote speaker for the biennial clergy conference for the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, by their diocesan, Bishop Michael B. Curry. I will be speaking to the clergy of the diocese, in Winston-Salem, from 12 – 14 October.
The invitation was extended to me on the basis of my book, If You Meet George Herbert on the Road, Kill Him: Radically Re-thinking Priestly Ministry (published by Continuum last year and recently reprinted). I will be giving three addresses and preaching the sermon for the conference eucharist.
You can see a discussion between the bishop and myself about what we hope to achieve in the conference with the YouTube video below:
The diocese’s notice about the conference is here.
It’s amazing how many different and varied ways Christians have found to monetize their faith, flogging bits and pieces necessary to be a happy, fulfilled and righteous Christian to other unhappy, unfulfilled and slightly wealthier Christians. I am not talking about indulgences or saints’ relics here. I mean the bookshops, tatshops, “resource areas” that accompany any gathering of Christians larger than a single congregation. Conference invites speaker, speaker gives talk, conference points audience to bookshop, speaker flogs wares.
WHAT A GREAT IDEA!
This is where 3 Minute Theologian has been missing out.
So I am pleased to announce, with the co-operation of CafePress.com (that fine purveyor of design-your-own drinkware and wear-wares), the world’s first OFFICIAL Kill George Herbert merchandising opportunity solution.
Gasp! at the generously proportioned beverage mug!
Be amazed! at the sophisticate design and elegantly proportioned T-Shirt!
Er! That’s it! (for the moment)
… it appears that Kill George will be going in to reprint!
Today, in amazon, KGH is
|#1 in||Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Clergy > Ministry|
|#2 in||Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Protestant > Anglicanism|
|#20 in||Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living|
Which translates as 8,187 in the overall bestseller list (“I know my place”!)
(and no, I’m not referring to Peterborough)
I heard recently that the Bishop of Exeter gave a copy of If You Meet George Herbert on the Road, Kill Him: Radically Re-thinking Priestly Ministry to all his new ordinands this Michaelmastide. It is could to be able to report the fall of the South-West to the inexorable tide that is the Herberticidal movement.
After the fall of Exeter, it seems that Buckingham is the latest conquest for Kill George. Bishop Alan Wilson blogged the book on Tuesday:
At home I have a groaning shelf of books published since 1900 about ministry in the Church of England. Justin Lewis-Anthony’s If you meet George Herbert on the Road, Kill Him is the latest and, no mean feat, by far the best. …
Justin’s excellent book does not play this how-to game, although it does end up talking Turkey, with excellent alternative strategies and tactics to help lower spiritual and personal blood pressure, and bring a Kill-George-Herbert priest back from the Church of the Planet Zog into the Church of England.
…This book is a vastly intelligent, compassionate, understanding and helpful resource. Some will find it a bit clever, so if you prefer your books stupid, you may be disappointed.
(emphasis in the original)
Modesty and copyright prevents me from quoting all of it, but it is here, in all its glory!
(I shouldn’t be surprised really, as +Buckingham is one of only two bishops in the Church of England whose pronouncements I can be bothered reading!)
An email received today from Church House Bookshop:
Exclusive Special Offer – Today Only!
Today only, until midnight (BST) on Thursday 9 July, Church House Bookshop are offering the following recently published titles at specially reduced prices:
If You Meet George Herbert on the Road, Kill Him
- was ?14.99, now only ?13.50 (www.chbookshop.co.uk/2411995)
I love the question marks!
It has to be Pasadena…
My favourite American institute of higher education?
It has to be Caltech…
Because last night, following my appearance on Thinking Anglicans, someone with an IP address belonging to Caltech (yes, you know who you are, DHCP-64-192.gps.caltech.edu!), spent 2 hours 22 mins 25 secs working his/her/their way through the Kill George series on this blog.
Not even my mother has devoted 2 hours 22 mins 25 secs to my writing. Ever. In the whole of my life. Combined!
Thank you, whoever is behind DHCP-64-192.gps.caltech.edu (may I call you DHCP?). I appreciate your interest, and I hope you were sufficiently rewarded for your efforts
Being such a small movement (but perfectly formed!), I find it encouraging when I am given new opportunities to spread the message about Killing George Herbert (see posts passim).
Especially when the opportunity means travelling to the US to give a paper on the subject at an international conference!
In October, your 3MinuteTheologian has been invited to deliver a paper: If you meet George Herbert in the road . . . kill him! Herbertism and Contemporary Parish Ministry.
This is the conference:
TWO CONFERENCES, 2007-2008
AN ATLANTIC WORLD INITIATIVE
Co-Sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Sarum College, Salisbury, England
More details from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s website.