By Robert C. Saler | Rev. Laurie Haller, who blogs at http://lauriehaller.org/, has written a profound and stimulating memoir of her experience on a Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program leave. Recess: Rediscovering Play and Purpose is a book that will benefit anyone thinking about what it means to craft and pursue a sabbatical program in the context of parish ministry.
By congregation members from Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church, Portland, Oregon | The congregation at St. David’s wanted refreshment and renewal time for their priest Sara, an experience of lay leadership and congregational strength, and an exploration of faith and story as a way in which the congregation might parallel Sara’s creative journey.
By congregation members from John Knox Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN | Our primary goal as a congregation was to seek out what “Sabbath Keeping” meant to us and how we incorporate this into our lives. This was to be a time of renewal and rest. It was also to be a time to discuss “building an effective long-term pastorate” and how we want to live into it with Frank.
By congregation members from New Hope Presbyterian Church, Fishers, IN | The goals of our renewal program centered in the theme of “abundant life,” for both our pastor and our congregation. We were confident that Steve would enjoy some very productive time of rest, renewal, and reflection, and it certainly appeared he did just that.
By Callie J. Smith | Educator and activist Parker J. Palmer wrote a recent piece for the On Being blog whose title alone suggests volumes: “The Modern Violence of Over-Work.” Over-work is an issue. As needful as rest is for clergy, it’s needful for laity, too. Unique as the pastor’s roles are, and uniquely relentless as the pastor’s responsibilities can be, clergy inhabit these roles and responsibilities in a larger culture which itself struggles with imbalance.
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