For me, spiritual life is inseparable from creative process. Whether that is in preaching, liturgy, song writing, composing, poetry, performance, or photography. Each is a medium in which I listen and watch for the voice and the presence of the Creator and the call of the Spirit. This has always been true for me, since childhood. I have been blessed throughout my life with opportunities to do the work of developing, expressing, and sharing this relationship — as a priest in parish ministry, as a singer/songwriter and composer, preacher, writer, photographer.
A deep connection with the land and the ocean is essential for me, as it is for so many spiritual people. I find wonderful renewal and healing in sailing and kayaking. In recent years I have found myself doing more and more long distance walking, over longer and longer distances. I'm sometimes asked if I find this boring! All I can say is try it. You'll find it incredibly soothing and restorative. The beauty of what surrounds us here really does heal and strengthen. A 6 or 7 mile walk is excellent time, at a beautiful human pace, to allow ones eyes to drink in that beauty, and also to think, reflect, pray, listen to God, and to turn one's heart around. I think Jesus knew this. I often find myself reflecting that walking long distances is 'doing what Jesus did.' Photography is a fantastic companion in walking as well.
These are the platform, the basis on which I bring myself to parish ministry, offering my heart and mind as I believe God calls me to do, and sharing with friends in a loving way all the sacred duties of our life together in the church: worship, liturgy, prayer, pastoral care for one another, outreach to refugees, fellowship, celebration, loss, grief, and healing.
I received a Master of Divinity degree from the Vancouver School of Theology in 1999 and a Bachelor of Music from the UBC School of Music in 1986. I have long been a student of the mimetic theory and 'gospel anthropology' of Rene Girard. I continue to be active as a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and composer.
I have been married to Suzanne Morgan for over twenty years. We have three amazing children with whom we share our passion for music, ballet, the performing arts generally, books, story telling, sailing, kayaking, and tea.