Saturday, April 30, 2011

Let the Journey Begin!

Well, it is the last day before my pilgrimage begins. I was hoping to have a day to tie up a few loose ends but it will be a full day of trying to put every little duck in order. I know that there will be things I have missed in preparing the congregation, my roommate, my dog Beamer, and my friends and family but I just need to let that go and begin to start centering on pilgrimage and easing into Sabbath time.

Before I begin the journey I am realizing that midlife and beyond continues to inwardly beckon us to become more and more who we are called to be. I am looking forward to realize my Sabbath time as an invitation to rediscover my true identity as an individual person, Christian and as priest. It is summoning me to enter into the core of my being for personal and cosmic transformation.

I am so looking forward to the time, the space and the guidance to step back from ordinary chronos activities into the kairos moment of the Sabbath. This special time is an invitation for me to take that long, loving look in thanksgiving for one’s life and ministry to embrace the present and look with hope to all that is yet to come.

Let the journey begin!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sabbatical Pilgrimage Stops

May 9 Ponta Delgada, AZORES

May 12 Cartagena, SPAIN

May 13 Barcelona, SPAIN

May 14 Provence, FRANCE

May 15 Tuscany, ITALY

May 16-17 Assisi and Rome, ITALY

May 18-22 Lisbon, PORTUGAL

May 22-24 Paris, FRANCE

May 24-26 Vezelay (Taize'), FRANCE

May 27-29 Cluny, FRANCE

May 30- June 1 Dijon, FRANCE

June 2-3 Chartres, FRANCE

June 4-5 Paris, FRANCE

June 6-7 Glasgow, SCOTLAND

June 8-9 Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

June 10 Oban, SCOTLAND

June 11-18 Isle of Iona, SCOTLAND

June 19-21 London, ENGLAND

June 21-23 Oxford, ENGLAND

June 23 - Sweet Home San Francisco

Monday, April 4, 2011

Sabbatical Prayer for Tommy and St. Aidan's

Almighty God, whose care and love reach to the furthermost parts of the earth, grant that we may be bound together in this time of sabbatical, learning and growing in new ways, so that we may move together into the future you have prepared for us. Defend Tommy from all dangers of soul and body, and grant that both he and we may be supported by your love in the communion of your Holy Spirit, and in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.