Summer Sabbatical

by Sharon Ely Pearson

Today is July 1st and summer has definitely commenced. Summer Camp, Vacation Bible School, Mission Trips and Pilgrimages are well underway for many. Attending a triennial Family Reunion (aka The Episcopal Church’s General Convention) following by a vacation is on my docket. From Monday, July 2 thru Thursday, July 12th I’ll be in Indianapolis getting a chance to talk with many Building Faith readers in the Church Publishing booth in the Exhibit Hall (#208 & 210 in the Indianapolis Convention Center Exhibit Hall C area). I’ll be Tweeting, so you can follow my reflections and the news regarding Christian Formation, especially during Education Committee meetings and hearings @rowsofsharonp.

So . . . it is time for a bit of a sabbatical from Building Faith. As the site’s administrator/curator, articles will still be posted throughout the week, but Saturdays and Sundays will be quiet. Since October 1, 2010 Building Faith has had a new article posted everyday. So this is a big step for me! One of the quotes that I have on the bulletin board that faces me at my desk is especially appropriate (at least for me at this time)!

There is No Rush by Wayne Muller (Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest)

The theology of progress forces us to act before we are ready. We speak before we know what to say. We respond before we feel the truth of what we know. In the process, we inadvertently create suffering, hearing imprecision upon inaccuracy, until we are all buried under a mountain of misperception.

But Sabbath says, Be still. Stop. There is no rush to get to the end, because we are never finished. Take time to rest, and eat, and drink, and be refreshed. And in the gentle rhythm of that refreshment, listen to the sound the heart makes as it speaks the quiet truth of what is needed.

May your summer be sabbath-filled!

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