Tasty Tidbits 8/29/11

  1. How I spent my Sunday.
  2. Memory Eternal, Archbishop Dmitri.


I’m Chairman of my Church Building Committee, and it was time for the congregation to see and discuss the plans. The Architect, KJG, came through with some beautiful renderings in time for the meeting. With Tecton Construction Management functioning as general contractor, we feel we’ve got a pretty good handle on the costs, even with no firm bids yet.

Roberts Rules of Order are designed to let the deliberate (adj.) majority have its will while allowing a minority to force the majority to deliberate (v.). We deliberated for nearly 3 hours, with me chairing. The consensus strongly seems to be that the design is wonderful, and we want to build it.

That’s not the end of the story. The end of the story for purposes of this blog is that this big step in the life of my church consumed my day pretty well, and my blogging accordingly will be light.


Memory Eternal! Archbishop Dmitri Royster, retired Archbishop of Dallas and the Diocese of the South of the Orthodox Church in America, fell asleep in the Lord at his home in Dallas at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, August 28, 2011.

The only time I attended the Cathedral in Dallas, His Eminence was not present. But I’ve heard lots of stories about him, and his profound spiritual leadership.

John, at Notes from a Common-place Book has one anecdote:

I recall the first homily I heard from him. I was not yet Orthodox, but was visiting at the Cathedral. Archbishop DMITRI came out onto the ambo and leaned on his staff. As he motioned for everyone to gather-round, we came closer and sat on the floor at his feet. Then, in a soft, gentle voice–as if he was having a personal conversation with each of us–he simply expounded from one of the parables. In my previous religious tradition, we talked much of shepherds, though mainly it involved the “qualifications” for the office. All of that turned out to be so much intellectual posturing and nonsense. For as much as we talked the game, I had never seen “shepherding” really done until that day.

Rod Dreher, author of Crunchy Cons, was persuaded to leave the Roman Catholic Church for Orthodoxy partly by encountering this good shepherd.

Archbishop Dmitri was raised a Baptist, and converted long before — maybe 70 years ago —the more recent influx of spiritual seekers to Orthodoxy.

A fuller memorial is at the OCA website.

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If you’re missing political rants, I’m sorry, but I was giving the impression that I cared, so I stopped blogging politics. “They” are all idiots except for the ones who are rogues. But RogerWmBennett Tweets about politics and stuff over in the right-hand column. I generally agree with the guy.


Bon appetit!