Breathe in and breathe out. Make it a really long exhale. Did you know that the exhale is when you absorb oxygen? The exhale is when you recharge?
Beginning September 16, I am out of the pulpit for part 2 of my sabbatical, a twelve week exhale. As you can see from the Sermon Schedule, the Worship Team has gathered an exciting list of speakers to inspire you while I am away. The calendar is full of learning and justice making opportunities, social events and fund raisers. Our office staff is back up to fighting weight with Aaron Leventman as our administrator and Jenifer Kaplan as our book keeper. I will continue to track with our Bridges Pastoral Care Team throughout the Sabbatical and will to be available in event of life crises. Cynthia Kelly, Steven Mead or Aaron Leventmen can help if you have questions. You are in good hands.
And what am I going to do during my long exhale? Many things. I will be dipping into some of the lovely things Santa Fe and UU Santa Fe offer that I can’t quite shoehorn into my usual schedule. I plan to connect with colleagues, worship at neighboring congregations, read a tall stack of books, and take a meditation class. There’s a certain amount of ‘housekeeping’ that I would like to get done. And there are three small collaborative projects I am working on for the spring: a social justice workshop for middle school youth, a public conversation with an interfaith group of women, and an ecotheology lecture series. It promises to be a rich and restorative three months. I’ll be back for the winter holidays.