Wulfstan of Worcester is the saint of the day in our Episcopal calendar today, January 19.
Wulfstan was one of the few Saxon bishops who survived, administratively speaking, after William the Conqueror showed up. He is best known for his opposition to the slave trade in Western England.
This is the 6th anniversary of my formal reception into the Episcopal Church. (I became a member of an Episcopal congregation in the second half of the previous year and had been in discernment about the move for a year before that.) For this and so much else, I give thanks.
It is also the second day of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.* As an ecumenist, I love this holy coincidence.
* I just found out when looking for a link that this year is the Week's centenary celebration! Click on the link above for more info.
Most of the text of this post is taken from a group letter to friends two years ago.