The Rev. Canon Gray Temple Jr. is a retired Episcopal priest who served as rector of St. Patrick's Church in Dunwoody, GA for 31 years.
The Rev. Canon Gray Temple Jr. is a retired Episcopal priest who currently serves an Episcopal parish in Munich, Germany as an interim rector. He also manages a church consulting firm.
Gray was a parish priest for 38 years, 31 spent as the rector of a suburban Atlanta parish, St. Patrick's. Fifteen people entered Holy Orders during Gray's ministry. During his service in two dioceses he did all the diocesan things--Standing Committees, summer camps, diocesan commissions and task forces, episcopal search committees, various chaplaincies, coordination of mission congregations etc.
Gray's parishes remain well-known for vibrant worship, robust outreach and mission projects, and widely-distributed lay-ministries.
Gray's pursuit of excellence led him in several fruitful directions:
-He was accredited in Human Relations Training in the 60's and 70's and was in wide demand as a trainer/consultant.
-He was trained in Polarity Management, Open Space Technology, and Appreciative Inquiry.
-He was a Stewardship consultant and keynoter at national Stewardship gatherings.
His interests in mission took him all over the world, conducting training missions, clergy conferences, and diocesan events on five continents.
Gray's Christian discipleship has led him to chair two urban projects devoted to public housing residents and to men dying of AIDS. It has led him into the thick of his denomination's wranglings about the sacramental status of gay and lesbian people, and led him to serve as coach/consultant to a controversial non-profit organization caring for homeless people. Those passions infuse Gray's writings.
His spiritual hunger led him into spiritual direction, both as a recipient and as a provider. For the last number of years, Gray has served clergy of several denominations as spiritual director and mentor.
In addition to conferences and some widely publicized debates, Gray is the author of several books, articles, and chapters in the books of others. His books include The Molten Soul, When God Happens, Gay Unions, and 52 Ways to Help the Homeless.
His hobbies include listening to classical music, playing blues guitar, stone sculpture, reading (bad fiction and good poetry), writing (good prose and bad poetry), white-water kayaking, and travel. He is married to Jean, a psychotherapist in private practice. They have two grown sons and two grandsons.
Each year at this time the Church concentrates on John the Baptizer. And John is well worth the attention. He was by all accounts a wonderfully winsome figure, courageous to a fault, spiritually generous, loved even by the petty tyrant who killed him to repay a drunken bet.
Recently, the discovery of the ruins of an ancient religious community at Qumran in Israel and the unearthing of the Dead Sea Scrolls nearby have shed new light on this attractive figure. It's quite possible that John the Baptizer was at one point a member of that community. His dress and diet suggest as much. Elements of his teaching suggest that background as well.Read full transcript...
A reading from the 18th chapter of the Gospel of John, verses 33-37:
Then Pilate, entering the headquarters again, summons Jesus and asks him, "Are you the King of the Judeans?" Jesus answered, "Do you ask this on your own or did others tell you about me?" Pilate replied, "I'm not a Judean, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Judeans, but as it is, my kingdom is not from here." Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I'm a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."Read full transcript...