Dear Trinity Friends,
We’re a week into our Lenten journey, and I trust that some of you are now knee-deep in the mud of growing a rule of life. Perhaps, you’ve planted some seeds and are waiting for them to sprout. Maybe, you’re still tilling the soil and planning your garden plot, even moving some rocks buried underground.
I’m getting started as well. Part of my Lenten journey is going on a CREDO. CREDO is a program of the Episcopal Church Pension Fund. As the CREDO website promises: “CREDO encourages participants to rediscover the passionate essence of their life and ministry in the context of their faith, their relationships, and community. Through the strength of a holistic approach to wellness, participants are invited to examine their minds, bodies, spirits and hearts by examining four significant areas of their lives: spiritual, vocational, financial and health.”
A CREDO Conference is a retreat – time away, time unplugged. In September 2001, I went to CREDO. My first CREDO morning was interrupted by planes flying into the World Trade Center. As you can imagine, all I wanted was to be home in Cleveland with all of you. So, I returned on the first flight out of the San Francisco airport.
Fifteen years later, I’m going to give CREDO another try. I will leave on Wednesday, February 24 and return on Tuesday, March 1. I am very excited, and I intend to unplug. As always, in my absence, Trinity will be in the good hands of my colleagues. I will hold you all in my prayers, and ask that you do the same for me.
I hope to return with a renewed rule of life – a CREDO plan – as they say, and ready to plant our new garden overlooking Lake Erie.
I hope that you will attend to your rule of life by joining the Wednesday evening class, using your workbook, enjoying the email meditations from the Society of St. John the Evangelist http://ssje.org/ssje/growrule/ I also hope you will register for our Lenten retreat on Saturday, March 5.