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The Rev. Tim Schenck, rector of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Mass., looks for God amid domestic chaos
Archnemesis Detente
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Tim Schenck is an Episcopal priest, husband to Bryna, father to Benedict and Zachary, and \x34master\x34 to Delilah (about 50 in dog years). Since 2009 I've been the rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Mass. (on the ...
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Tim Schenck is an Episcopal priest, husband to Bryna, father to Benedict and Zachary, and \x34master\x34 to Delilah (about 50 in dog years). Since 2009 I've been the rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Mass. (on the South Shore of Boston). I've also served parishes in Maryland and New York. When I'm not tending to my parish, hanging out with my family, or writing, I can usually be found drinking good coffee -- not that drinking coffee and these other activities are mutually exclusive. I hope you'll visit my website at www.frtim.com to find out more about me, read some excerpts from my book \x34What Size are God's Shoes: Kids, Chaos & the Spiritual Life\x34 (Morehouse, 2008), and check out some recent sermons.
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Feb. 12, 2013 12:01 a.m.



detenteI’ve given up various thing for Lent over the years: internet access after 6:00 pm, salty snack foods, alcohol. The only thing I’d never consider is coffee. After all I have to actually get through Lent in order to make it to Easter.

This year, once again, I’m giving up my archnemesis, Scott Gunn. Believe me when I say that this is a true spiritual discipline of the highest order. Not only do I have to be civil to him for a seemingly interminable 40 days and 40 nights, I also have to work closely with him on Lent Madness. This little deal that has made Lent Madness the world’s most popular online Lenten devotion is not without its consequences. My yoke is difficult and my burden is heavy.

Yet for the sake of  the greater good, I am donning sackcloth and ashes in the form of the Executive Director of Forward Movement. I’m not sure if this will bring me closer to our Lord but it will definitely make the joy of Easter complete.

Please see the statement we have jointly released. And wish me luck starting at midnight tonight.



Statement of Detente

Dateline: Akron, NY, halfway between Hingham, MA and Cincinnati, OH

Be it known to all present, either bodily or online, that as of Ash Wednesday in the two thousand and thirteenth year of our Lord, certain persons, of necessity in the present time, are hereby setting aside a designation of Archnemesis, and laying aside the enmity that has existed from the beginning, until the end of the Lenten Fast. Whereas, to cooperate on Lent Madness for the edification of all Christendom, Father Schenck and Father Gunn shall thereby set aside their feud until the New Fire is lit at the Great Vigil of Easter. After that, anything is possible.



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