For the Oysters..  A call for Eyes and Ears:  As mentioned, this site is by and for Traditionalist Episcopalians in DSO.  It is my policy to strongly encourage traditionalist Episcopalians in this diocese to remain anonymous on this blog.  If the reasons for this aren’t already obvious, rest assured that they will be eventually.  What I have done for myself is to set up a separate email account for just this blog.  If you are intent on commenting a lot here, I recommend that you do the same.  This is fairly easy – I use Yahoo! , and when I’m entering in my name, I put in my pseudonym  (since of course, that is the field that appears in the ‘sender’ line of incoming emails). 

Again… by and for, folks.  If you notice something odd in your church bulletin or in a written document generated somewhere from within the diocese, you are encouraged to call it to my attention.  It may be bloggable, or it may not be – there is a lot of things that go into that type of decision.  But, at least I can be alerted to the development. 

Sometimes, one or the other of us will not be able to consent to release of the news item.  Perhaps even with your anonymity, you are concerned that you might get into trouble.  Perhaps even, you aren’t concerned, but I am.  If it would get you into trouble, my policy has been and is to regretfully not publish the news item. 

Ah yes.  One more word to my Oysters:  Paper Trails are linked to a news item’s bloggability.  ‘Nuff said. 

For others.  This sit is for you, too.  Please respect me and people who write in, and you will receive the same treatment in kind.  If you are Episcopalian and/or find yourself in sharp disagreement with something on this site, on a day that you might have (how shall we say) gotten out of the wrong side of the bed that morning, please know that I like to store the more offensive reader comments for the sake of trotting them out, in those instances when I correspond with Revisionist clergy.  So, you may want to ask yourself if you would be proud to have your bishop or priest read your comment.  On the other hand, it’s probably better for me if I accumulate as many offensive comments as possible, so perhaps I shouldn’t be so generous with the heads-up(?).    😉

  1. Pearls Before Swine
    22 September 2009 at 3:25 PM

    OE, I assume you saw the link to Crewzer’s page listing how all the delegations voted on C056 and D025. DSO voted for both in all orders – bishops, clergy and laity.

    • Elder Oyster
      22 September 2009 at 5:55 PM

      Hi Pearls Before Swine,

      Yeah, I saw that on Rutibow’s site. Were there no members of the delgations who voted against?
      I intended to dig into this sometime this week. Do you know where I can find the names of all the people at GC from DSO who voted on these resolutions?


      – Elder

  2. brooks
    13 October 2009 at 1:25 AM

    What an interesting group the Wisteria people seem to be.

    As a matter of fact, at 815’s alledged big think tank conference, the celebrated “Trinity Institute Conference 2009” – entitled “Radical Abundance” that was webcast all over the United States, seems to me one of the speakers who quoted Marx openly, kept pushing for episcopalians to form small self-sustaining “collectives” all over the United States.

    Do you know what “religious” or denominational affiliation the Wisteria group has, if any ?

    • Elder Oyster
      13 October 2009 at 10:47 AM

      Hi Brooks,

      Thanks for popping in. The folks at Wistoria don’t really have a denominational affiliation as that is commonly understood. I would describe them as an amalgam of Earth-religion enthusiasts (Wicca, Native American, Celtic / Pagan, Eastern, etc). Pantheistic, and not exclusive about their pan-theism. Whether or not there are “Christians” who participate in their rituals is one question that has entered into my mind. Unfortunately, right now I cannot think of a way to investigate that question. But, Wisteria is definitely what it says it is.

      I wasn’t aware of the Trinity Institute Conference ’09 .. that is interesting. I wouldn’t expect that strategy from a group that holds the reigns of power; I would rather expect it from a group that is holding on for dear life.

      – EO

  3. Steve Hartman
    13 October 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Hi from N. Ohio. I am Steveinohio on SFIF. 20+ years ago I was in S. Ohio in the Columbus Area. Made SOEC #16 and worked 5 or 6 teams after that. Now I’m in the ACNA in Akron. If you were in SOEC,we may haved crossed paths. Good luck with your Blog, I will keep an eye on it. God Bless.

    • Elder Oyster
      13 October 2009 at 3:10 PM

      Hi Steve! Thanks for popping by.

      What is ‘SOEC’ ?

      Say – I’ve been trying to get in contact with an ACNA in Akron – Church of the Holy Spirit. Are you going there or know anyone who does?

      – EO

  4. Steve Hartman
    13 October 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Southern Ohio Episcopal Cursillio was held twice a year at Proctor Farm. Real big 20 years ago. Moved to Dio of Ohio, got involved and it died from politics like the TEC is doing.

    I’m at St. Luke’s…Holly Spirit is a little sister church started and supported by SL. I know many people there and can get you in touch with them. The priest is a good friend of mine.

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    • Elder Oyster
      15 February 2010 at 8:09 AM

      Hi 7tavern Admin

      I’ll think about it and get back with you.

      Thank you for thinking of me,
      – Elder Oyster

  6. Grandmother
    4 March 2010 at 1:22 AM

    Hi Elder, just happened across one of the other Blog Sites on my Stand Firm list.. Would suggest you
    check with San Diego Anglican, where there is a great story about John Wesley, and the “Oyster Men”.


    Because Thou Art an Oyster Man…

    • Elder Oyster
      4 March 2010 at 2:19 AM

      Hi Grandmother,

      Thank you, and .. That is Hi-larious! Thank you for pointing that out. For anyone else interested, the link is here.

      – EO

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