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On Working Smarter, Not Harder with Church Property: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

On Working Smarter, Not Harder with Church Property: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Carl Barks was one of the earliest and most productive of the cartoon artists who worked for Walt Disney. He was known as the “Good Duck Artist” for his renderings of McScrooge Duck and many of the other “bird” characters shown in Disney cartoons. He lived to be 99 years of age and only became well known for his cartoon work late in life. He coined the phrase, “work smarter, not harder.” That phrase has become a meme and has

Irrigation Systems or Irritation Systems: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Irrigation Systems or Irritation Systems: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

The title of this occasional paper reveals the bias of the author. I dislike irrigation systems in general. While I acknowledge that watering plants during the dry summer we experience around here is important for healthy plants, the value of those weeks of needed watering is outweighed by the annoyance factor of irrigation systems that fail only when the weather is hot and dry. They seem to work fine in the rainy season when they are not necessary. Even more

The Cheapest Way to Save Energy and Care for Creation – Insulation: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

The Cheapest Way to Save Energy and Care for Creation – Insulation: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

The verb “insulate” is derived from the late Latin word, “insulatus” which means to be an island. It denotes being separate from something, with having a space between two things. It can also mean having material that prevents forces or energies from moving from one place to another. Some materials, like Polar Fleece, prevent cold from getting close to our bodies. In scientific terms, to insulate is to protect something from other forces. We are insulated from electric shocks by

To Look as Fresh as Paint – Protect and Beautify: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

To Look as Fresh as Paint – Protect and Beautify: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Humans have painted things from the time when they first created things. Humans have painted themselves before they created things. To paint is to adorn and beautify but also to protect and preserve. It is deeply embedded in our human consciousness. Cave paintings date back thousands of years. The earliest known sculptures were painted. The interiors of ancient temples and churches were painted. The exteriors of stone buildings were painted. Paint has the properties of protection and beautification. A thin

Eye of Providence or Spy Among Us – Cyber Security Today: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Eye of Providence or Spy Among Us – Cyber Security Today: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

The “Eye of Providence” is a symbol that appears on the Great Seal of the United States. It is meant to depict the benevolent Eye of God watching over the affairs of the United States. It is an ancient symbol known in many cultures. But there is now in the world a very real “eye of providence” and its intent toward human beings is less benevolent. As of 2022, there are 6.7 billion smartphones in the world. 83.7% of the

Keys and Gates – Managing Security While Welcoming the Stranger: An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Keys and Gates – Managing Security While Welcoming the Stranger: An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Revelation 21:21 – “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate being made from a single pearl.” Matthew 16:19 – “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be found in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Photo by Nerene Grobler on Unsplash These two biblical quotes raise the odd notion that heaven is a gated community. Apparently, there are gates to heaven, whether to

When the Earth Shakes – Earthquake Preparedness: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

When the Earth Shakes – Earthquake Preparedness: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

From the Rev. Dr. Dennis S. Tierney, Property Manager “Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were open and everyone’s chains were unfastened.” (Acts 16:26) Earthquakes were well known in the Bible because they were known in the Middle East as that part of the world lies at the joining of three tectonic plates. But, in the Bible, earthquakes were understood to be divine acts of theological

Breathe on Me, Breath of God – Reflections on Safe Church Ventilation in COVID-19 Time (Updated for 2022): An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Breathe on Me, Breath of God – Reflections on Safe Church Ventilation in COVID-19 Time (Updated for 2022): An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

From the Rev. Dr. Dennis S. Tierney, Property Manager “Breathe on me, Breath of God, Fill me with life anew, That I may love what Thou dost love, And do what Thou wouldst do.” (Edwin Hatch, 1878) In July 2020, the diocese prepared and distributed a document about safe practices for churches to follow about air quality in a time of COVID-19. This document updates that information. It is based on a webinar on Indoor Air Quality that was held

Water, Water, Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink: An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Water, Water, Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink: An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

From the Rev. Dr. Dennis S. Tierney, Property Manager This paper is one of a planned series of occasional papers about property management designed for congregational leaders in the Diocese of Olympia. Each paper will feature an aspect of property management and will be based on actual experiences and events, suitably masked to protect the innocent. Photo by Sven Brandsma on Unsplash The title of this paper is taken from Coleridge’s poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” This paper