Before the sabbatical begins I attend the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City. I arrived late last night and registration begins today as do legislative meetings. I will serve on the Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations Committee and look forward to that work. Among many important matters of business is the election of the Presiding Bishop, and Bishop Ian Douglas is one of the four nominees. Please keep him, all of the nominees, and all of convention in your prayers. The General Convention ends on July 3 and then my sabbatical time begins with 2 days of sightseeing in Salt Lake City.
Segment 1 - A trip to Alexandria, VA, to see my mother and stepfather.
Segment 2- Return to CT for a silent retreat, hopefully at St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge - a long-awaited week of quiet and reflection
Segment 3 - Two week trip to Rehoboth Beach with friends. On August 17 I head to Jerusalem for a course at St. George's College called "Children of Abraham" studying Jewish, Christian and Muslim scripture and visiting relevant sites interspersed with interfaith dialogue along the way. I return to CT on September 6.
Segment 4 - A return trip to Virginia to visit friends after attending Audrey Scanlan's consecration.
My last day in the office was Thursday, June 18. After 2 days at Heads Up! Hartford I returned for my last Sunday service on June 21.
I will be back with all of you on Sunday, October 4. I've lined up a wonderful spirit-filled group of clergy to celebrate and preach while I'm away.
I will share my journey with all of you here on the blog from time to time. Feel free to include your own comments after any of my entries.
God bless all of you and have a wonderful summer and early fall.