Thursday, 28 Mar 2002

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.

It’s a beautiful day here in San Francisco: The sun is shining, the air is clear and you can see forever. (Almost.) From home, I look out over the trees to the water; from my office I can see the Presidio, which makes going to work a joy.

I worked late last night, which I sometimes do. I have a presentation to prepare for a retreat I’m helping to run next weekend for the Companions of the Holy Cross. I spent an hour trying unsuccessfully to change the numbers on one of my slides; hopefully, Lee can help me out later today. I edited the letter to our funders that we started yesterday and plan to send it out today. I wrote a note to a sick friend and started to outline a sermon I’ll be giving in Nashville in mid-April. I have to read the Gospel lesson several times before starting. Sometimes writing environmentally oriented sermons is pretty challenging, because you never find a phrase in the Bible that says, “Don’t cut the old growth trees” or “Don’t eat all the fish.” It’s just not that simple, ever. Instead we must grasp the larger message — to live the way the Bible suggests we live. How we treat God’s creation — including each other — is a reflection of our relationship to God. Need I say more?

By midway through this morning, we’ve completed several petty but necessary tasks. Lee has designed and produced a new letterhead for us and I have used it to write a thank-you note to Rachel’s Network. We’ve managed to find a very reasonable price (largely due to intense searching on Lee’s part) to create new business cards, letterhead, and a website, all of which are green and white with similar designs and fonts. It has taken several years to have the money or the time for us to start looking like a professional business. Next up: redesigning our brochure.

Yesterday’s Grist diary entry brought forth emails from my friend Ben Webb who founded the Regeneration Project with me and from his wife, Sarah. I haven’t had a chance to answer them yet. I’ve also gotten hysterical comments from my children. Sarah, who lives in Bozeman, Mt., works with the environmental group EcoTrust; Steve is an attorney in Eureka, Calif., working to provide environmental justice; and Lock is studying the double bass at Michigan State. I always have time for my family and stay closely connected to them no matter where I am or what is going on at the office. Sarah and Steve are deeply committed to environmental issues and we all try to support one another.

Soon I will leave the office to head for the Cathedral to reaffirm my vows with Bishop Swing and my clergy colleagues. The fog is coming in now and so I am moving east to stay ahead of it. (Just kidding.) It is a tradition in this diocese for the clergy to reaffirm their vows on Maundy Thursday, which is today. So for me, this day is more focused on Holy Week than on The Regeneration Project, but the office is still plugging along. We have just begun to fill out an application for some funding from a small foundation here in the Bay Area.

Heading out the door now to my hybrid Toyota Prius. I will show my colleagues what kind of cars they ought to drive and offer a ride to anyone who wants it! The car is full of compact-florescent bulbs and posters describing how solar works, so I’m truly a mobile advertisement for The Regeneration Project today.