Will be on retreat January 3rd - 11th, counting on the blogosphere to keep turning without me. My plan is to come back rested, retreated and ready to claim a few more inches of the planet toward that garden-growing-green-again goal.
In the meantime, keep your eye on Father Jake, PRELUDIUM, Daily Episcopalian and Telling Secrets for just about everything you could possible need to know about life, the universe and everything.
PS - And don't miss Lauren Stanley's brilliant piece: Church dispute gets in the way of God's love ... read it all here ... but here's a bit to get you started:
"Those leaving the Episcopal Church claim they must do so to survive. They seem to forget that in many parts of the world, the Church is concerned with REAL survival.
And in those areas where REAL survival is at stake, the Gospel that is preached is one of inclusiveness and love, because only inclusiveness and love can overcome the hatred that has left millions of Sudanese dead in the last 50 years.
Hatred has no place in the Sudanese Church.
It has no place in the American Church either.
God's love -- and how that is lived out -- is the ONLY thing that counts."