A Bit More About Bill and Betsy
Perhaps the largest "other" thing in our life right now is our Episcopal
mission. It is a relatively small, but wonderfully eclectic group of true believers, who are all
quite involved personally in just about every social service in the county.
We are one of the first congregations in the diocese of Northern California
to pursue Shared Ministry (otherwise known as Total Ministry). This takes us
back to how the church was just after Christ. We have called
our own local priest, who happens to be Betsy. While she a full Episcopal priest, she is not paid.
She works full time at Bountiful Gardens. Our solution is to take all the other duties of a priest
that take up most of their time, and give them to members of our congregation to fulfill. This is
in ways similar to the christian congregations
the rest of the congregation is also training
for the ministry, taking up many of the duties usually performed by a full-
time, paid minister. This is simply fulfilling our baptismal vows while each
of us takes on some of the many ministerial functions, based on whatever gifts we have to offer.
In addition to writing books, I have been writing poetry for over 40 years.
Some of it will be displayed on this website eventually, along with my efforts
to capture digital images of our life in this county.
We have been married for about 25 years, and have lived in Mendocino county
for over 20 years. We have two grown children who both went to Stanford
after graduating from Willits High. Our house is made of rammed earth. It
is quite beautiful, wonderfully comfortable, and since we live near an
active fault, engineered to take an earthquake of magnitude 8. Betsy runs
Bountiful Gardens, and I run WB Publisher from 20 acres that is 5 miles
outside of town - true home offices!
Life in Willits is rich
for such a small town - everything from a thriving solar industry to Roots of
Motive Power to our Skunk Train, from our school's frequent medals at the State
Academic Decathlon to our High School rodeo team, a small thriving live local
theater to our seasonal Youth Shakespeare Company that performs on a
Stratford-On-Avon stage made up of straw bales.
About our Strawbale Episcopal Church
Straw Bale Process Documentary
About Alternative Building
William Bruneau, Publisher
18001 Shafer Ranch Road, Willits, CA 95490-9626 USA
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