Today we travel back across Ireland from County Donegal to Dublin. On the way, we will stop at the Knowth passage tomb in the Boyne Valley.
We so grateful for the beauty and openness and hospitality of Donegal. We have two more nights before we start the journey home.
Today we leave the north of Ireland. We drive from the east coast to the west. We will be staying for three nights in Donegal in the community of Glencolumkille.
On the way we will make a stop at Armagh.
We are in the Kildare area for three nights. Tomorrow we visit Clonmacnoise. And then we take a pilgrimage to Kildare and walk in the steps of St. Brigid.
Last week we gathered
As United Methodists,
As clergy and lay,
As people with different opinions
On the politics of the day,
And we considered “God’s welcome.”
We listened and laughed,
Prayed and praised,
Wondered and worshiped,
Sat in silence together.
We welcomed guests
Our words translated
From English to Spanish,
From Spanish to English.
We communicated with smiles,
We broke bread together
Around tables in the dining hall
And in the beauty of St. Francis Chapel.
One loaf, one cup, one body of Christ.
We talked and listened and wrestled
About difficult things.
That often leave us divided, broken.
Yet we remained one people
Even in diversity.
Willing to admit
“I might be wrong.”
“You might be wrong.”
“It’s ok to think or believe differently.”
We are still one body,
Welcomed with love
Into the heart of God.
Reflections on a rich week at a 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation. The topic, “God’s Welcome.” The location, Camp McDowell, the camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. The Faculty: Amy Oden and Kee Sloan. We gathered and were richly blessed.
Join me in May at a retreat — a 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation — on the topic of the Psalms. I’ll be serving as the worship leader. For more information or to register, click here.
Psalms for Life: Praying Alone and Praying Together.
May 4-9, 2015
Camp Sumatanga, Alabama
Faculty: Roberta Bondi and Don Saliers
Roberta will focus on the many ways the Psalms can be used as a tool for Christian formation and prayer. For centuries, people have turned to the Psalms for solace, guidance, renewal, celebration and so much more. The 150 Psalms reflect a wide range of experience and expression. Roberta will guide the participants into a greater understanding of the Psalms and how to use the prayerbook of our forbearers to deepen our prayer life and our walk with God.
Don will focus on the use of the Psalms in corporate settings including worship and small groups. The Psalms are both personal expression and communal formation; Don’s lectures and worship leadership will explore this relationship in a number of ways, and invite us to bring our own lives and communities of care and ministry to the Psalms throughout the week.
An Amazing Opportunity!
I can’t say how awesome it will be! With Roberta and Don teaching us in the model of the Academy for Spiritual Formation. Incredible lectures, inspiring worship, times of silence and times of fellowship. All in a beautiful setting! I hope you will consider joining us for this amazing week!
For more information or to register, click here.
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