What is the Rector's Digest?

The Rector's Digest is my personal check-in, sent out on Fridays. This allows me to share information that may not be as time-sensitive but that I hope you'll find intriguing, and then you have the weekend to check it out if you're so inclined. It may be something about one of the parts of our Barque of St. Bartholomew, something I'm reading, a question that's nagging me, or maybe just a podcast I'm listening to. We're calling it the Rector's Digest because a digest is a compilation or summary of material or information. Whatever that information may be from week to week, I hope you'll find something that catches your imagination!

- Fr. Sammy

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Recent Digests

  • The One ABout FOod | Feb 26, 2021

    My fellow Lenten pilgrims —


    I ate lunch at my desk on Wednesday. Right after mass, I had a call with the wardens followed by a Zoom call with diocesan clergy, so I didn’t have time to run up the hill to eat at the Rectory. But that’s actually good for me... [read more here]

  • The one about justice | Feb 12, 2021

    My dear sisters and brothers —

    Greetings on this last weekend before Lent!

    These past few days have been familiar ones for me. By “familiar,” I mean they roll around every two years, and I recognize their approach. In my head, I call them the “Most Dangerous Days of the Year...” [read more here]

  • The One About Friendship | Feb 5, 2021

    Dear friends --

    Often I'll start my missives to you with "Dear family," but today, I begin differently on purpose. As I type these words, I'm grateful that God brought my own family here to Nashville and St. B's three years ago...[read more here]

  • Let's move | Jan 29, 2021

    Happy Friday, everyone!

    I missed getting to write a Digest last week, but that'll be the case every 3 weeks or so when work backs up and I just don't have the time. Back on the horse today, though... [read more here]

  • Unity and unicorns | Jan 15, 2021

    Dear Family --

    So I'd like to talk about something I find endlessly intriguing, and I hope you don't find it hopelessly dry!

    I've been thinking about unity and difference this week, for lots of reasons, I suppose. For one, we're about to enter the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity... [click here for more]

  • New Year, Same Prayer | Jan 8, 2021

    Dear St. B's Family --

    Greetings and Happy New Year!

    In the first Digest for 2021, I'd wanted to start on an upbeat note, but like many of you, I was dismayed at the violence at the Capitol this week... [click here for more]

  • A few of my favorite things | Dec 18, 2020

    Greetings, St. B's Family --

    This is probably my favorite week of the year -- the days are still growing infinitesimally shorter until the solstice (I love winter -- the darker and colder, the better... [click here for more]

  • From the Palace | Dec 10, 2020

    Greetings, St. B's Family --

    Perhaps you noticed, during the pandemic I got into the habit of sending you a midweek check-in every week because there was always something to report... [click here for more]