Young Adults


Do You Know Someone With ADHD?

February 15, 2019
I’m an adult with ADHD. I probably always have been, always wondered if I was, but it wasn’t until my late 20’s when my therapist forced me to take those thoughts seriously, that I did anything about it. As a kid I was never wild and crazy, never a problem, and ...

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Why Are We Here?

February 13, 2019
For the past several weeks, I have had the opportunity to spend time with some of our youth from St. Andrew's as we prepared together for Bishop Ed's visit (on February 10). One of the first questions I asked them was, "what is it about the Episcopal Church generally or St. A...

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Why Learning Matters

February 12, 2019
Learning about our Christian and Episcopal Faith: Why It Matters Over the last two months, Sabrina Evans (Director of Christian Formation) and Kate Huston (Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries) have worked on developing a new way of conceiving formation programmin...

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One Thing Kids and Sports Have Taught Me

January 31, 2019
So our two oldest kids are involved in sports, not because they inherited athletic genes and powers from their parents (duh), but because my wife and I feel like physical activities and social interaction at their young ages (8 and 6, respectively) can't hurt. One of my earli...

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The Fabric of Faith: Weaving it all Together

January 30, 2019
Christian faith formation is the “lifelong journey with Christ, to Christ, and in Christ.” The Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation expands upon this definition to say that God invites us, inspires us, and transforms us when we actively engage formation in ou...

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Camping for Everyone

January 30, 2019
For years, one of the most formative and spiritually-centering places in my life has been St. Crispin’s Camp and Conference Center. It’s where I have most strongly experienced God as a healing, reconciling, and moving force in my life. While as an adult I have fou...

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The Fabric of Faith: First Threads

January 29, 2019
The Episcopal Church has two Charters regarding Formation in our churches: The Children’s Charter and the Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation. These were designed to help us realize that we are never finished with our formation, and we should all strive to continually...

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Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People

January 28, 2019
Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People are trainings centered on helping us in the Church create a safe environment for all people. In this way, Safeguarding is central to the call in our Baptismal Covenant to seek and serve Christ in all person...

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Episcopal Service Corps

January 04, 2019
I want to take an opportunity to shine some light on an incredible ministry within The Episcopal Church that many sitting within our congregations probably know little to nothing about. The Episcopal Service Corps has been a ministry within the Episcopal Church since the 1980&...

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A Little About Me

January 03, 2019
My second day on the job, and we are under a winter storm warning. I’m sitting at my home computer with a hot cup of coffee laden with creamer (it has almond/coconut milk so it’s healthy, right?) and fuzzy socks on my feet writing a blog to introduce myself to you....

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The Gospel according to, the Beastie Boys???

December 31, 2018
My awesome wife, Elisa, got me a copy of "The Beastie Boys Book" for Christmas. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking a deep dive into the beginnings of one of my favorite bands while simultaneously reliving some of those formative intersections of their music and my life. I won't...

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Forgiveness vs. Reconciliation

November 29, 2018
The holidays are about friends and family, right? Spending time with those we love? The car and coffee commercials show us that. They present us with rosy pictures of laughter shared around a big meal, or a beautiful tree, or the perfect gift. But as I prepare to send my stude...

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Do This

November 20, 2018
One of the things I most look forward to each week is our Wednesday Eucharist. There are lots of reasons why this is the case. First, it’s a chance to gather. I love observing our students check in with each other, share their new favorite meme, complain about a group a...

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Building Celebration

October 31, 2018
This past Sunday, October 28th, St. Anselm of Canterbury celebrated the beginning of a new chapter of ministry on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. After more than a year of construction, Canterbury is finally looking spectacular again! Renovations included a new til...

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A Necessary Reminder

October 23, 2018
Sometimes it’s good to have a backup. That’s what I was thinking when I asked a good friend to be on standby for our Canterbury Eucharist. Thankfully, this friend had the foresight to ask for permission to supply, as that is the proper thing to do when visiting from...

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Discussion Using Silence and Images

October 01, 2018
This month I thought I would suggest a couple of ways to mix up your young adult discussion groups. These exercises are especially effective, will break communication patterns and ruts, and use different kinds of communication that might appeal to some of your less talkative me...

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Our Hope

September 19, 2018
Normally, you’d think that a reunion over a fishbowl at Fuzzy’s would be for a celebration of some sorts. In a way, we were. Three of the original four students that were at the Canterbury Center when I started working in February of 2013 were back in town. Sadly, i...

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Sooner Football and an Invitation by St. Anselm of Canterbury

August 30, 2018
Now I may be biased, but is there anything better than Norman on a home football game? In short, the answer is an emphatic NO! On 8 glorious Saturdays in the fall, thousands upon thousands of crimson and cream decked fans flock to Norman. The streets clog with pedestrians, t...

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Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Education

August 30, 2018
Suicide. Even typing the word feels uncomfortable. Over the past 7 years of my ministry, however, it has become increasingly clear that suicide is a real and present threat to our people and especially our young people and pretending like it isn’t, only worsens the pro...

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Listen to Waylon

August 23, 2018
So there we were standing outside the west side of Boone Pickens Stadium, handing out cups and stickers to students and Stillwater residents who will never set foot in the Canterbury Center. I know that’s not best attitude to have toward an event that offers the opport...

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Post-Marital Counseling?

July 27, 2018
If you have ever married anyone in The Episcopal church, I am sure you are quite familiar with Canon I.18.3(c). Now I know that I don’t need to remind you what this Canon is, but for the sake of being thorough… this is the Canon that requires that couples seeking m...

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A Little Summer Reading List (at the End of Summer)

July 25, 2018
You may be thinking to yourself, "What does a chaplain read during the summer?" Well, friends, I’m happy to oblige! These are a couple of the books I’ve been working my way through this summer. I’ve not included my own questionable taste in fiction because a...

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A Community's Roots

July 24, 2018
If you’ve been keeping up with my blog posts of late, you’ll notice a recurring theme running throughout. That theme, obviously, is community. You’re probably tired of me riffing on the many ways we try and accomplish and nurture community in our campus minist...

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Campus Ministry at the University of Oklahoma

June 27, 2018
What is the purpose of campus ministry? Is it to provide a church for students and faculty? Is it to attract converts to The Episcopal Church? Is it to provide community and support during a momentous season of transition? To raise up leaders within the church? Ask diffe...

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Better Board Games for Building Community

May 30, 2018
The first memories of board games that come to my mind are nostalgic, playing dominoes with my grandparents, a game called Rummikub that I used to play with my cousins and aunts at the lake, or the joy of playing a wild draw four in UNO. Soon, however, the nostalgia fades, a...

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Resource Spotlight - The Work of the People

May 25, 2018
Finding quality multimedia for ministry can be a painful and mind-numbing experience. If you are anything like me you have spent hours searching for substantive leaping off points for discussion and have waded through countless terrible YouTube videos and other online conten...

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Silence

May 17, 2018
I’ll never forget that November morning. I walked into the Canterbury Center and found several students sitting in silence. There was a palpable sadness in our little storefront and some eyes betrayed the stillness. I just sat down. I offered hugs. I offered a sounding bo...

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Don't Feed the Trolls!

April 30, 2018
My phone buzzes at 1:15am. Is it an emergency? Is one of my students needing a ride home? Nope. Just another meme posted in OU Canterbury’s group messaging app, GroupMe. It’s a pretty common occurrence actually, it buzzes off and on throughout the day with dozens of...

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So You've Got a Graduating Senior...

April 18, 2018
SO. MANY. CHOICES. Being a freshman in college can be overwhelming. Everywhere, everyone is trying to sell you something… this major, that club, this fraternity, that sorority, this, that, this, that. Your first week on campus you are inundated with a million ways to spe...

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Campus Ministry at OSU

April 18, 2018
One of the ongoing jokes at the Canterbury Center here in Stillwater is, “that’d be good on a shirt.” We’ve been trying for a while to come up with a design that captures what we are about. We’re close. We had a great idea, but the more we thought ...

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How I Got Here: Part II

April 17, 2018
(Read Part I of this story here) In my last post, I talked about my own experience going off to college and having a difficult time finding a church community and campus ministry. It would be the understatement of the century to say my experiences in Springfield shaped my un...

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How I Got Here: Part I

March 14, 2018
Before I spend much time talking about campus ministry at Oklahoma State, I’d like to spend a bit of time reflecting on my own experience as a college freshman back in the fall of 1996. You see, in high school, growing up at St. Dunstan’s in Tulsa, the diocese wa...

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