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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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Saturday, January 06, 2007

What a difference a year makes....

Last year, January, was a very busy month! Bishop Biggers came to visit in the first weekend. The aweful Book of Daniel was all the controversy, cancelled after only a few episodes due to lack of sponsors and viewers. Preparations were well underway for the Super Bowl, including the restoration of the large Fox Theatre sign on top of the building and the demolition of the old Motown second HQ (the Donovan Building) across the freeway from St. John's. The Steelers were rushing their way through the playoffs into the Super Bowl (this year they didn't make the playoffs, and Coach Cowher resigned). The Priest, Vestry, and many parishioners at St. Andrew's in Livonia left the diocese of Michigan. We buried Adele Huebner and I published her great testimony of faith, read at her service. We had our Annual Parish Meeting and I published my Rector's Report. And of course my darling Margaret Elizabeth was born at the end of the month! To look at January last year go to

This year there is still controversy as Episcopal Parishes in Virginia and California continue to flee, putting pressure on other Traditionalist parishes. But there is no Super Bowl around the Church, no buildings coming down (that I know of), but we do have our Annual Parish Meeting. But the 'excitement' level is certainly lower so far.... But then it is early in the month!