St. Cuthbert's News & Events
The Rev. Edward ("Ted") Thompson is
St. Cuthbert's New Interim-Priest-In-Charge
The Rev. Edward ("Ted") Thompson is St. Cuthbert's new interim-priest. Here is his biography:
Raised near Rockville, Maryland, Ted graduated from Williams College in 1985, then taught English at a Christian school in rural Japan for two years. This led to Asian Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a desire to explore questions of faith, reason, and culture in divinity school. After receiving his M.Div. from CDSP and two years with Trinity, Menlo Park, Ted was ordained to the priesthood in 1997 and called as vicar of Christ Church-Sei Ko Kai, in San Francisco. He then served as rector of Christ Church, Alameda, from 2002 to 2009.
In the wake of 9/11, Ted felt a growing need to understand the involvement of religions in violence and build the capacity of religious communities for the mission of reconciliation. In 2009, with the blessing of the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus and a fellowship from the Episcopal Church Foundation, he re-entered full-time studies at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Arlington, Virginia, where he focused on religion and peacemaking.
As a doctoral candidate, Ted began consulting for congregations while in Virginia and has since served in the Diocese of California as process developer, facilitator, consultant, and teacher. His doctoral dissertation is a study of spiritual discernment and decision-making in times of organizational stress in a religious community.
He lives in Alameda with his wife Mary and their twelve-year old son William. Ted enjoys taking their dog “Bella” to Point Isabelle with Mary, playing baseball and basketball with William, singing and laughing in the kitchen, and fixing things around the house. He looks forward to the day when children can have a more secure and humane world in which to become adults, and when he and Mary can rediscover sailing.
Discussion And Discernment Series: Pledge Sunday - December 17
The Bishop’s Committee has agreed to designate Sunday, Dec. 17 as Pledge Sunday. Please bring your pledge cards to be put in the offering plate and blessed at the altar. Cards will be received in the mail the week of Sunday, Dec. 3, and additional cards will be available just outside the glass doors at the church entrance.
Discussion And Discernment Series: Discerning God's call, or, What We Do Now?
Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., St. Cuthbert’s community hall
St. Cuthbert’s is at the point of needing to make some important decisions for the life of the community. Do we want to continue as a community unto ourselves? Can we? What other possibilities are there? And most importantly, what is God calling us to do?
You are invited to join a series of discussions, led by the Rev. “Ted” Thompson, with help and input from the St. Cuthbert’s community. The current Interim Priest-in-Charge for St. Cuthbert’s, Ted is also a trained and experienced church facilitator. He has helped several other congregations in the Diocese of California and elsewhere work through difficult issues to reach decisions.
Dec. 3 – Discerning God’s call in community
Dec. 10 – What possible choices do we see for St. Cuthbert’s?
Dec. 17 – Pairing possibilities with facts/considerations
(Dec. 24 – No program)
Dec. 31 – Pairing possibilities with facts/considerations (continued)
Jan. 7 – What possibility best orients us to God?
Jan. 14 – What would this look like?
Jan. 21 – Where are we now?
Bible Study Every Wednesday Night
Our Lectionary-based Bible study group meets every Wednesday night from 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish hall (the building at 7932 Mountain Blvd, across the parking lot from the church building) to read and discuss the scripture passages for the upcoming Sunday. All are welcome and no advance preparation is required. Upcoming dates are:
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