The page contains articles and book chapters about a theory developed by J.R. Newbrough and me called the Third Position. Three of the articles from the Father John Series were published in the Journal of Community Psychology. All of the Father John Series was written by me with J.R. Newbrough as a tribute to him. The other Third Position writings are chapters in books I have authored, Chapter 6 from Community Pastoral Care and Chapter 8 from Making Love a Habit.
“How do you exist and get anything done working in the middle of all this debris?” Father John began.
“I don’t think of it as debris,” Bob said. “It is not refuse to be thrown away. I think of myself as a nineteenth century newspaper man, like H. L. Menkin, who has everything he needs around him within arms reach on flat surfaces, floors, tables, desks, chairs, arranged in stacks. I know where everything is.”
“This would not do for Sister Martha,” Father John said. “She is in charge of office files at the Nashville Diocese headquarters. She has a place for everything and everything is in its place.”
“So do I,” Bob protested.
Father John rang the bell. Bob yelled, “Door’s open. Come in.”
Father John expected the house to look like Bob’s office. It didn’t. The house had a living room with a fireplace surrounded by windows on two sides.
“Come on back,” Bob yelled.
Father John started down the hall and was met by a wire-haired Dachshund darting at him tail wagging and dancing in a circle around his feet.
Father John came to the front door as usual. And as usual it was open. He rang the door bell. He heard Bob’s dog, Jenny, answer immediately with a bark and the clicking of her toenails against the hardwood as her four feet ran to greet him. Bob yelled his familiar, “come on back.”
Jenny herded Father John down the hall through the kitchen to Bob’s back porch and his white round table and white rotating pedestal plastic chairs. Bob was waiting for him seated in one of the chairs reading the paper and sipping his tea.