Welcome! And thank you for for visiting my sabbatical blog.
The people of Epiphany and I are on a sabbatical pilgrimage, or more precisely, we are walking separate, yet connected pilgrim paths in order to rest, gain perspective, and become renewed after our first 7 years partnering to replant our church. The rebirth of Epiphany has come about through the risky commitment to offering radical welcome; a stance and practice based on a conviction that our good future in Christ hangs on our love and care for the stranger.
The overall character of our shared pilgrimage is to both expand and upend our experience of welcome, by placing ourselves in the vulnerable place of stranger.
For my part, I am traveling throughout Ireland, Scotland and England visiting significant Celtic Christian sites and communities where people are endeavoring to lead lives that reflect our kinship with God and each other. For me that has meant showing up as a stranger.
The people of Epiphany are benefiting from a break from me! So much of the parish’s life and ministry in recent years has been shaped by the interpretive lens of my leadership. Now Epiphany people are intentionally lifting up and sharing their own gifts for preaching, ministry and leadership. The congregation, like me, is also using his time to receive the hospitality of other Christian communities by being guests at worship in unfamiliar places and by welcoming and listening to unfamiliar voices.