Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 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

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

425 hours later....

...I turned in my Detroit Police Department Chaplain badge today. I volunteered 425 hours since November 2004 according to my time sheets on file (and I am missing a couple months of xeroxed sheets).

But with a new Chain of Command having been elected it was time to evalutate my continued membership with the DPD Chaplain Corps. With a 16 volunteer hours a month requirement I don't always have that much monthly time available, nor am I available for a required monthly evening meeting. I am saddened to have to do this because I enjoyed the privilege of caring for the officers at the old 1st Precinct, the Central District, The Court Unit (especially our own Sr. Malinda) and the Mounted Unit (when it was still in existance) and will miss that interaction.

As for the future. A Michigan State Police Chaplain suggested I consider volunteering with them (and they have a 6 hour a month requirement). And through my Motorcity Horse Force Foundation http://www.motorcityhorseforce.org/ connection I have come to know some of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department Mounted Unit officers and have thought of volunteering to be their chaplain. I particularly enjoy working with the Mounted Units, having learned to ride in the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry while in college.

Police Chaplaincy is something I really enjoy, and feel called to, and I look forward to how that will come into effect in the coming months.