Cultivate with the utmost assiduity your own vineyardJackson Kemper


My name is Josh Fink. I was born a Massachusetts Yankee, raised a Hoosier, and I’ve spent the last 17 years as a Southerner (kinda…I’m working on it). I’m a priest in Columbia, SC, helping plant a new Anglican Parish in Lexington, SC, and a DMin student at Nashotah House. More importantly, I am the husband of an amazing woman and father of two great kids.

Picking up with the quote from Jackson Kemper and an idea from Alan Jacobs, the goal of this blog is to be a kind of garden to better cultivate work I’m do as a priest. Kemper’s point was made in a sermon about missions. He encouraged his fellow clergy to both care for the vineyard where they had been put, and to think outward toward those were still in need of the gospel. In my context as a mission priest, the two are one and the same. Following Herbert’s advice for the country parson, my hope is to keep a running body of work around the scriptures, catechism, and the tradition.

Central to this garden, however, is my study of Personalism and the way it relates to the pastoral task. It might be best to see personalism in this garden as the way of gardening–something like hugelkulture. Underlying all of it is the belief that “personhood” is fundamental to the cosmos.