Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

St. Michael's Conference, Midwest

Friends - please pray for the Students and Staff of the St. Michael's Conference, Midwest, which begins Sunday afternoon, July 16th. It will be held at the St. Paul of the Cross Conference Center in Detroit.

St. Michael's Conference has been lovingly referred to as "Anglican Boot Camp". At this Midwest Conference the 12 to 20 year olds are immersed in the liturgy, study, and ethos of the Christian Faith as expressed in our Anglican Communion.

Daily Solemn High Mass and Choral Evensong are required.
Daily Morning Prayer and Compline are optional but well attended.

There are 3 classes a day, and an evening discussion group on various topics. There is 'structured' free time in the afternoon, and an evening activity such as a talent show or square dancing.

The children are told at the opening session, "you are not here to have fun, or make new best friends...you are here to be equipped to become soldiers for Christ, like St. Michael the Archangel. But if you do that first, then those other things will happen as well".

I worked two years at the conference out East (Massachusetts), where I met my wife, and now for 8 years here in the Midwest Conference. Most kids come back year after year.

Pray for us as we equip the children and inform them in The Faith, that they may claim it for their own and love our Lord as He loves them!