Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Sermons

Karen

Back in July we were contacted by Wilson Hines, a divinity student, with some suggestions on how the Rhodia Weekly Notebook-Academic year could be improved.  He suggested that we have a two-page spread for the fall, spring and summer semester schedules. He also pointed out–quite correctly–that our current August-July year does not exactly match university sessions. We explained we have arranged it as we do to basically cover the school year and keep the cost down; more pages = more expense.  However, we will bring up the changes Wilson suggested at our next product development meeting. Wilson’s comments on the Weekly Planner can be found on his blog, A Journey thru Academia. 

Wilson and I got to meet at the DC pen show a month later, and it was great to be able to talk to him in person. I asked him where he first heard of Rhodia and he said he discovered it on J. Mark Bertrand’s blog, Bible Design Blog.  Mark Bertrand uses Rhodia pads to prepare his sermons.  You can read about it here.

Bible Design Blog is a site devoted to innovative design and quality Bible binding. Mark Bertrand is also a mystery author. His latest book, Back on Murder, is the first in a series about Houston homicide detective Roland March.

Stephanie reminded me that Father Matthew Thurman, a frequent contributor to Rhodia Drive, uses a Webbie to write his sermons.

Earlier this spring, Fr. Thurman commented on using Rhodia in his work and ministry: “…as a pastor, I do a lot of preaching/teaching that involves putting together ideas from several different things I read. I’ve started using side-stapled Rhodia notebooks as “project books” for making notes and composing teaching outlines–i.e., a Bible study notebook, a sermon notebook, an adult class notebook, etc.”

Fr. Thurman’s blog is 30 Days.

Do you use or know of others who use Rhodia notebooks for sermons, inner reflection, as a retreat diary, or other spiritual work?


2 thoughts on “Sermons

  1. I love this post! I’m an Episcopal priest and Rhodia fanatic and I do use Rhodia for writing sermons and keeping all my church-related work notes. While I end up typing my manuscript on the computer I’m still old school enough to require fountain pen and really great paper to get the creative juices flowing in the early stages of sermon preparation. Then, of course, I still have the notes to refer to as time goes by. Rhodia pads also sit on my desk to take messages and take notes for use at announcement time after worship services. My parishioners are used to seeing my orange and black pads everywhere!

  2. I love this post! I’m an Episcopal priest and Rhodia fanatic and I do use Rhodia for writing sermons and keeping all my church-related work notes. While I end up typing my manuscript on the computer I’m still old school enough to require fountain pen and really great paper to get the creative juices flowing in the early stages of sermon preparation. Then, of course, I still have the notes to refer to as time goes by. Rhodia pads also sit on my desk to take messages and take notes for use at announcement time after worship services. My parishioners are used to seeing my orange and black pads everywhere!

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