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The Pilgrim’s Way: Some thoughts for a sabbatical

The Pilgrim’s Way: Some thoughts for a sabbatical

In 2020 I have been blessed with time for a sabbatical, a time to step away from my busy schedule to focus on learning new tools both for my ministry and our common life in ECCT. I will be exploring new ways to frame our participation in God’s Mission and seeking to deepen my life of prayer.

I have chosen the theme of Pilgrimage to hold my sabbatical time, thinking and praying about verses in scripture such as “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.” (Psalm 84:5 NIV).

I will be taking my sabbatical in two parts - one mid-January to mid-February and one in May. My time in mid-January to mid-February will include a spanish immersion course at the Instituto de Español de la Iglesia Anglicana de México (IDIAM), in Cuernavaca, Mexico. I will be exploring this offering, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Cuernavaca, as a resource for those of us in ECCT who want to strengthen our knowledge of Spanish to partner more fully with our Spanish speaking congregations and neighbors. I will also be taking some retreat time at the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Mass to be in prayer and the deep study of scripture. Then a short course on College Chaplaincy offered by Trinity College and Hartford Seminary called The Place & Purpose of Chaplaincy in Higher Education to learn more about our campus ministry possibilities. Several members of ECCT will be joining me during that course.

This winter pilgrimage time feels like I am being invited to “Come and See” the Lord in new ways. Seeing the Lord through the eyes of the people of Cuernavaca, seeing the Lord in the familiar words of the BCP and the Bible and seeing the Lord through the eyes of our campus communities.

Joseph Campbell has said, “The ultimate goal of any quest is the wisdom and power to serve others.” I pray that this time away will be not only a meaningful pilgrimage for me, but also one that will enhance our ministry within ECCT and empower all of us to more fully participate in God’s Mission. You will all be in my prayers and I ask for yours.

Love in Christ,

Bp. Laura