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Day 7 – Community Prompt: Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? (Author: Cali Harris)

 

 The joys of ministry as a pastor are many:  being a part of liminal moments; variety in each and every day; reading and writing as a job requirement; and 4 weeks of vacation and 2 weeks of study leave!  The challenging life of a pastor has been well documented over the past year.  Time away with people who understand the specific demands of the pastoral life is integral to my sanity.  I am a part of two wonderful groups that meet regularly.  The picture above was taken this past August on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.  Here was a typical day during our 5 days together.  Slow mornings, coffee and conversation, theological reflection on liturgical practices, food, a drink or two here and there, afternoons in the pool while talking about issues in the church (seriously – some of the best conversations happened around the pool!), kayaking, fresh crab cakes, laughter and more laughter, sound sleep…

It was a restorative week. 

“Community” gets thrown around and there are plenty who will tell you what is and isn’t community.  I think it can be found in a variety of ways.  Community is a safe space where you can simply be – a place where you can laugh, cry, question, ponder…

I treasure the folks in that photo and am grateful for their place in my life.

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