Reconnecting to the Sacred: Rediscovering Joy⁠—Presentation by Rev. David Dae-An Rynick to the 153rd Convention

How can we maintain hope and even reconnect to joy when so much around us seems to be in crisis?

In his 90-minute interactive program at Convention, “Reconnecting to the Sacred: Rediscovering Joy,” Life Coach and Zen Master Rev. David Dae-An Rynick ( will offered some simple possibilities for navigating these complex times. Beginning with paying attention to what is already present, Delegates were led through some brief guided meditations and contemplations to consider how we might better take care of ourselves so that we can more clearly discern and carry out the purposes to which we are called.

Following a break, Rev. Rynick and Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe responded to audience questions, moderated by the Rev. Molly Payne-Hardin (Trinity, Watertown).




Download Rev. Rynick’s handout,  The Wheel of Faith and Renewal (Attention~Intention~Action)

Visit Rev. Rynick’s website,

Purchase Rev. Rynick’s book, book This Truth Never Fails: A Zen Memoir in Four Seasons⁠—a bedside book of short inspirational stories about meeting life faithfully⁠—complete with humor and invitation to practice faithfully in the midst of our everyday lives. 


About David Rynick

Rev. David Dae-An Rynick is a Life and Leadership Coach who works with religious leaders and others seeking to align their lives with their deepest faith. From 2005 to 2019 he was lead trainer for the Episcopal House of Bishops Peer Coaching program. David is also Abbot and co-founder, with his wife Rev. Melissa Myozen Blacker, of Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester, Massachusetts where they currently reside and lead daily virtual meditations sessions. David has been studying and practicing Zen for over thirty years. In 2011 he was formally recognized by his teacher as a Zen Master in the Korean Rinzai tradition. An avid landscape gardener, grandfather and author (This Truth Never Fails: A Zen Memoir in Four Seasons) David’s gentle humor and insight have been appreciated by groups around the country and around the globe.

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A headshot of Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe+. Bishop DeDe is outside in front of a leafed-out, lusciously green tree in mid-summer. She's smiling at the camera, wearing her glasses, her collar and Bishop-purple shirt, a multi-colored scarf, and her pectoral cross.