I am writing to you about my planned sabbatical that I mentioned at the 2013 Annual General Meeting. In consultation with the Bishop, Wardens and Parish Council, I am planning to be away from the Cathedral from August 19 until December 15, 2013.
During my sabbatical, which will be a study leave, it is my intention to work on three areas that I see as having a continued effect on both my ministry and leadership in the Cathedral. I believe that, upon my return, this time of focused academic study will have been for me both refreshing and renewing.
First, I will be pursuing a more in-depth study in Celtic Christianity. I have arranged for permission to work out of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society and would like to look into developing a curriculum that could possibly be of use in the church. I am particularly interested in how the theology and practice of early Christians were influenced by the pre-Christian spirituality that was present at the time. I am also interested in the significant difference between the Church of the Mediterranean and that of the Islands of the North Atlantic.
I also want to work on an alternative Baptismal Liturgy for use within the church. I will draw upon the Celtic understanding of sin and, in particular, the conversation between Pelagius and Augustine. It is my hope that I might be able to produce a liturgy during this time that might be accepted by the Diocese and the wider Church.
Finally, in my Dean’s pages over the past several years, I have written short stories about a mythical figure, Mrs. McCorkindale, drawing upon my Celtic roots and trying to build a theology connecting events of everyday life with faith. I would like to spend some time collecting, editing and refining these stories with a view to possibly having them published.
I ask for your prayers for Marcia and me that this time may be for us a period of renewal, reflection and re-creation.
Yours in Christ
The Very Rev. Dr. Logan McMenamie
Dean of Columbia and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral Parish
Please note that the Dean will not be writing any messages while he is on Sabbatical. You can access earlier messages by clicking on 'Archived Dean's Messages.'