Saturday, June 29, 2013

Day at the Holy Cross Monastery

Got a chance to go to the Holy Cross Monastery's mother house.  Absolutely breathtaking! I am very excited to make it out to Grahamstown to see what that one will be like!

Multi-faith Day

We went into the city to experience the many different expressions of how we all come together as community to get in touch with the divine. We started at a Jewish Synagogue and moved to a Catholic church followed by a Mosque and finally a Buddhist chanting session. OF course all of the places were different but what surprised me most is how welcoming our hosts were and how easily you can become one with people who I've never met or practices that I've never done before.  Well anyway, here are fotos. Take care!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Church Center Day

Hey, for the last week and for the next I am at mission training in New York. My next post will be reflections about what this experience has been like, but i did want to leave you with some photos from our trip into the big apple to the church center.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Let's get this show on the road

I have completed the first part of this process of preparing to leave.  Yesterday was my last public speaking engagement.  I feel so honored at the the support i've received and so grateful that I was invited to speak in so many different places and that people wanted to hear what I had to say.  As part of my agreement with each church, once i return in a year I will be invited back to each one to share my newly found experiences.  I cant wait! Until then, here are a few miscellaneous pictures from this part of my journey.

St. Paul's Visit

Yesterday I was invited to preach at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salinas Ca.  It was wonderful.  Unfortunately, no pictures, but I was able to get a recording of me speaking.  So here it is, for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Keep On Moving

As soon as I returned from South Dakota I had to move out of my house. It was a bittersweet experience. Moving is never fun, but it means that I am that much closer to leaving to S. Africa.  On a side note I've received my ticket to travel, I leave July 16th!
Oh boy!!!!

South Dakota

I've been out of commission for the last couple of weeks.  I have not been on vacation! The weekend before last I was able to travel to the Pine Ridge Reservation located in South Dakota, for a pilgrimage of trust.  This was put on by the monastic brother of Taize, France and the Lakota peoples who graciously opened up their lands for us to use.  I had a wonderful and life changing time.  We camped, ate buffalo and met many people from very different walks of life.  The group I traveled with had to drive 26 hours to and from South Dakota, so it was a real pilgrimage in every sense of that word. Well here are some pictures from that weekend!

On our way home we visited Mt. Rushmore (It was awesome)