I was baptized and confirmed at St. Clement’s in El Paso, Texas (once Procathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, now in the Anglican Church in North America) in the 1960s. After a BA at Rice University and a JD from UT-Austin, I practiced law in Georgetown (Episcopal Diocese of Texas), just north of Austin, beginning in 1976 (almost 30 years of it as an assistant county attorney).
My wife was born in the 1340s-era stables at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, where her father was the head gardener at the Old Bishop’s Palace. After decades of immersion in church activities (vestry member in four congregations, worship leader, Sunday School superintendent, treasurer, junior warden, senior warden, diocesan representative, General Convention alternate, and all), I have more recently been taking time to regroup and reflect.
My theological education — Cursillo leadership, Education for Ministry graduate, and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest) with a concentration in spiritual formation—has provided a context for my daily life as a husband and recently retired prosecutor. So my life experience has been very different than most Covenant contributors, which I hope may provide some useful perspective.