I didnt’ mean to stay away for the last couple of weeks. In fact, I’ve been pretty busy traveling around the district, preaching and attending workshops–exactly the kinds of things I wanted to blog about here. But for whatever reasons, I found it difficult to fire up the old WordPress dashboard and type up a couple of posts. So here’s a few catch-up items….

After preaching in Saint Cloud a few weeks back, I made a quick trip to Davenport, Iowa with a group of folks from the Twin Cities to attend an all-day meeting on growth initiatives in Prairie Star. We were blessed with the presence of an number of wonderful people (including my fellow PSD staffers Nancy Heege and Sarah Greene), but the very important attendees were Bob Johnson, growth guru from the Joseph Priestly District and temporary PSD resident, and Kathy Burek, an excellent facilitator who’s volunteering a day a week or so to help the district with growth-related projects.

Bob Johnson

Kathy Burek

I did all of the driving for the TC group (seven hour trips each way), which left me pretty exhausted by the time we got back on Thursday evening. On Saturday, I facilitated a Family Chalice meeting at Unity Church with Bill Doherty, who’s recent Fah’s lecture on “Home Grown Religion” I blogged about a while back. Then on Sunday I headed down to Northfield, Minnesota to preach at the fellowship there. My friend and colleague Dawn Cooley has been working as a quarter-time consulting minister at the fellowship, and it was great to see her along with her two daughters and her husband there. I also had lunch with a couple old acquaintances (hard to believe I’ve been in Minnesota long enough to have some old acquaintances!).

Finally, I came down with a little something last week which slowed me down a bit. But I’m feeling much better after resting up over the three-day weekend.

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