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About Tory Baucum

Rev. Tory Baucum is the Rector of Truro Anglican Church and this is his official blog. Rector's Rough Draft This is the place to read what I am thinking about all things theological and all things Truro: sermon ideas, exegetical notes, cultural observations, Anglicanism, ministry initiatives, and prayer requests. As a rough draft these are not finished thoughts but first thoughts. I write primarily for parishioners but friends, inquirers and others are welcome to join our conversation. It is okay to eavesdrop but if you wish to post please abide by the ground rules posted on the sidebar.
15 May 2015

Cracow Journal—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

By |2017-11-15T12:08:51-05:00May 15, 2015|News, Rector's Rough Draft|

Last weekend I took a train to Wroclaw, the capital of the southern province of Silesia. When Germany controlled this area the city was called Breslau. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born there in 1906 when it was considered a microcosm of all of European culture and civilization. Indeed, Norman Davies wrote the definitive history of Wroclaw/Breslau and entitled it "Microcosm." If Wroclaw was a microsm of Europe then the Bonhoeffer's were a microcosm of the cultured European.

13 May 2015

Cracow Journal—Czeslaw Milosz

By |2017-11-15T12:08:51-05:00May 13, 2015|News, Rector's Rough Draft|

The 4th bi-annual Milosz Poetry festival begins tomorrow. I will be attending the opening press conference and many of the festivities as guest of its key organizer and founder, Adam Zagajewski. In preparation for this event, I've interviewed two professors at the Jagiellonian University who knew him. Prof. Aleksander Fiut [...]

07 May 2015

Alpha and “The Joy of the Gospel”—Part I

By |2017-11-15T12:08:51-05:00May 7, 2015|Alpha|

I want to make a few connections between Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation "the Joy of the Gospel" and the Alpha course. Alpha is now run in more Catholic Churches than Anglican ones. I believe there is a wonderful symmetry between Pope Francis' theology of evangelization and the Alpha course, and this symmetry, in part, explains the rapid and expanding diffusion of Alpha into the Roman Catholic Church world wide.

06 May 2015

Cracow Journal – Leadership Conference HTB

By |2015-05-18T00:44:44-04:00May 6, 2015|Conference, HTB, News, Rector's Rough Draft|

These are days of joy! For the past three days I have enjoyed an Alpha board meeting and the Leadership Conference at HTB. I've also enjoyed the company of several Leaders from ACNA and the Virginia Baptists. And I especially enjoyed renewing friendship with several RC leaders from around the world. In total there are over 6,000 delegates from 84 countries.

27 Apr 2015

Cracow Journal

By |2017-11-15T12:08:51-05:00Apr 27, 2015|News, Rector's Rough Draft|

In The Church and the Left, Adam Michnik, sought to describe the cooperation—even collaboration—necessary to lay the political order that would overthrow Stalinism, a political order that in fact became Solidarity.

27 Apr 2015

Cracow Journal

By |2017-11-15T12:08:51-05:00Apr 27, 2015|News, Rector's Rough Draft|

Fellow Pilgrim, This is a journal record of the pilgrimage to Poland to visit my friend Adam Zagajewski. Adam has invited me to attend the ceremony of the 3rd Herbert prize for poetry in Warsaw. We will then return to Cracow to attend the 4th Milosz Poetry festival. Adam helps oversee both events.

21 Apr 2015

Why I Think Neighboring is Important

By |2015-05-18T00:30:34-04:00Apr 21, 2015|News|

Jesus’ "Great Commandment" is that we love our neighbors as ourselves. This is not just a metaphor. This is our calling right here in Northern Virginia. Especially as our culture becomes more individualistic, more isolated, and more competitive, our ability to love—to truly care for the people around us—will preach [...]

16 Apr 2015

Secretary General Rt. Rev. Dr. Josiah Idowu–Fearon: What Difference Will He Make? Some Thoughts

By |2017-11-15T12:08:51-05:00Apr 16, 2015|News, Rector's Rough Draft|

Listen to the talk here. Bishop Dr. D. Zac Niringiye Truro Church, April 2015 1.1 Introduction According to, the Anglican Episcopal family consists of 44 different Churches (an estimated 85 million Christians). These make up 38 Member Churches (also called Provinces) and six other national or local churches known [...]