From August 1 through October 31, I’ll be on sabbatical. During this time, I’ll renew my call and my role by taking time apart: time for rest, time for connection with my family, time to get to know my new neighborhood (we just started renting a place in Birchwood!) and time to explore my project. When you run into me around town, feel free to say hi, but I’ll ask you not to chat about church stuff with me til November 1.
You may recall Pastor Sharon’s sabbatical last summer. My project is a little different. I won’t be doing as much travel, and I don’t have as clear an itinerary. I feel called to explore Bellingham, and Whatcom County, in ways I haven’t yet done. I’m always blessed when I take a slow wander around a neighborhood, an aspect of our history, or a piece of local ecology. I wonder what the Spirit has in mind for me- what will She and I discover together about who I am and where I live?
Pragmatically, I do hope to spend a good amount of time wandering, and I appreciate the blessing so many of you have given in suggestions for people and places to check out. (And I’m anxious to complete my list of yet-to-visited libraries in Whatcom County- just three more plus the bookmobile!) But I’ve also got some clearer plans. I’m arranging to audit a class at Northwest Indian College, and I’m planning a bit of a pilgrimage to the Humongous Fungus in Oregon.