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May 31, 2016

This very brief scholarly article shows just how paralyzing writer’s block can be.

writersblock article

Christmas Letter 2015

December 9, 2015

Greetings, friends, we hope you are well as Christmas approaches.

Kay and I enjoyed a tri20150928_133540656_iOSp to northern England in the early fall, hiking the Hadrian’s Wall Path, which is an 84-mile national trail from one side of the country to the other. We overnighted in bed and breakfasts, supped in pubs, walked 6 to 12 miles a day, and saw the beautiful northern countryside (photo), including a glimpse of Scotland across the Firth of Solway. The Romans built the wall, but most of it is long gone.

Kay retired from her library director position at Baker University on July 1, after working there 39 years. The England trip celebrated both of our retirements. She’s now doing research on aspects of the history of her church, Plymouth Congregational Church of Lawrence.

George came out of retirement to take a job as canon pastor for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, getting an opportunity to work closely with Bishop Dean Wolfe and to help with pastoral care of clergy. It is a good challenge after the very different years of being a professor-priest. The position is part-time.

Tory continues middle school science teaching in the Olathe, Kansas, school district and was recognized as the district teacher of the month in November. Her husband Chris is a copy editor in the sports department of the Kansas City Star. Duncan continues to work in various restaurants in Lawrence, and we enjoy occasional visits with him and his girlfriend Cami. Joanna exercises her gifts in vocal music as director of the Potluck Singers and was able to have a long stay with us early in the year, getting a break from the New Hampshire winter. We are at:

2313 Willow Crk, Lawrence, KS 66049-2644, 785-813-3149 (George), and we’re both on Facebook.

Recent activities

January 3, 2013

During the first fall of my retirement, I’ve enjoyed several activities. I’ve given several lectures, including keynotes at the fall convocations of the Kansas School for Ministry (Episcopal Diocese of Kansas) and of Bishop Seabury Academy, the Episcopal 7-12 school in Lawrence. I preached at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Galena, Kansas, and am scheduled to lead the Sunday worship at Grace Church, Ottawa KS, later this year. Some upcoming teaching includes a session on sacraments to the confirmation class at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence KS (my home church), a two-Sunday class on violence in various religions at another church, and a weekend class on church history for the Kansas School for Ministry.

Emeritus Status

January 2, 2013

This fall the Baker board of trustees generously gave me emeritus status, meaning that in retirement I have a continuing connection to the University. Officially my title is professor emeritus of religion.

Now Retired

January 2, 2013

My retirement from Baker University took effect in May of 2012. Kay and I continue to live in Baldwin City but hope to move to Lawrence in 2013. Our four-bedroom house on an acre lot near downtown Baldwin is slated to go on the market in February 2013.

Wiley’s retirement plans

June 13, 2011

I recently gave notice at Baker that I will retire in May 2012. I still enjoy my work — a lot — but I’ve been doing it for 33 years, plus Baker offers a nice incentive if you retire before you reach full social security age. I don’t have retirement plans yet, though Kay and I will move to Lawrence soon after I retire. Baker has been a great place to work, and I treasure the contact I’ve had with students, faculty colleagues, and administrators.