Canon to the Ordinary
A Fond Aloha To Canon Liz
Note from Communications: In a letter dated May 9, 2014, Cn. Liz Beasley shares her future plans that will take her to Ireland, and her resultant departure from the Diocese of Hawai'i. You may read her letter by clicking on the image below left, and also the Bishop's letter at right. Aloha and mahalo Canon Liz, for all of your dedicated service to the Episcopal Church in Hawai'i. You will be deeply missed!
Diocese Creates Program to Train People for Ordination
May 15, 2013 - The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i now has two different programs that give the necessary formation for ordination. (By "formation," I essentially mean education plus experience.) One program is for ordination as a Deacon, and one is for ordination as a Priest. These programs have been developed for two purposes: (1) to raise up from within the members of our congregations the future ordained clergy of the Diocese, and (2) to provide the necessary formation for ordination. That formation needs to be complete and substantive, and also delivered locally. We still do send people to seminary (we currently have one person in seminary, and in September will have a second), but we also need a means of local formation... Read more
Searching for a Priest in the Diocese of Hawaii
May 1, 2013 - “Deployment.” For years that strange word has meant in the Episcopal Church the “search process,” whereby priests looking for a new position and churches looking for a new priest engage in a series of communications and interviews, until finally (everyone hopes) a match emerges between an applicant and a church, a call is extended, and a new ministry begins... Read more
Bishop's Office Updates
January 29, 2013 - The Office of the Bishop has been fairly quiet lately, at least in the office (not necessarily on the phone or in emails!). Bishop Fitzpatrick has been on sabbatical since December 28... Read more
March 2012 - In early 2012, Bishop Fitzpatrick asked me to write some reflections on how we might develop patterns of shared ministry in the Diocese of Hawai‘i. Specifically, he was asking me to apply to our life here in Hawai‘i what I had learned and observed in the Church of Ireland while on sabbatical in the spring of 2011. As I wrote my reflections, I discovered that shared ministry (whether this means congregations sharing clergy or simply cooperating together in ministry together) has implications for a number of other areas of our common life (such as clergy compensation and training for lay ministries).
Attached here as a PDF document are my reflections, entitled "Reflections on Shared Ministry in the Diocese of Hawai‘i". They are intended as a conversation starter and not as a "command from on high."
The Clergy Leaders We Need
September 28, 2011 - The Diocese of Hawai'i, like most dioceses, has found that particular qualities and habits in its clergy are beneficial for serving the congregations here. Below are qualities and habits of life and of mind that we who work in transition ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i have found to be helpful... Read more
Learning from Ministry in the Church of Ireland
July 2011 - I was on sabbatical from March through June 2011. I spent the first half of it in Ireland, with a brief stopover in England. I had lived in Ireland for several years immediately after I graduated from college, but had not returned for many years. My purpose in going this time was to observe how the Church of Ireland trains people for ordination, how they train and enlist Lay Readers, and how churches share clergy. In these matters, I was able to learn a great deal. I also found the experience — including the planning and execution of the trip — to be spiritually enriching, as God taught me things for which I had not planned. Upon my return, I submitted a report to the Bishop and the Diocese entitled "Learning from Ministry in the Church of Ireland: Sabbatical 2011 Report."
Returning to Work from Sabbatical
July 16, 2011 - Well, I obviously quit writing my blog once I returned home from my travels on May 6. I thought that you really didn't need to hear about my time at home in Ka'a'awa, where I continued to do some reading, writing, and thinking about the topics I went to Ireland to learn about. I also spent time cooking, walking on the beach, and attempting to clear vines out of the jungle behind my back fence, so that I could see the coconut palms and the bright-red heliconia that were hiding back there.
I've been back at work for two weeks. As much as I enjoyed my time on sabbatical, it is also good to be back at work. I do love what I do. I have long recognized that not everyone is able to do work they love, so I am grateful that God led me to something that I enjoy and that I get to do it.
I have written a report on my sabbatical, as clergy are expected to do, and given it to the Bishop first and then, at his request, to others in leadership in the Diocese.
I can sum up "what I learned on my sabbatical" in a list of several things:
The Rev. Cn. Elizabeth P. Beasley
Areas of Responsibility