Well, the leadership development weekend I was at on Friday, Saturday and Sunday was followed by our Pastors and spouse retreat on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The views in Canmore were stunning as usual, and the speakers had to work hard to keep our attention from wandering out the wall of windows.
And yeah, the speakers were very good this year. Bill Clark, a covenant pastor and leader shared his story of burnout and depression and his journey "back" to a healthier place. He had a great sense of humour and wasn't preachy or "Guest Speaker-ish" if you know what I mean.
The other speaker was Eugene Cho, pastor of Quest Church in Seattle. A very good, articulate speaker. The discussions we had were helpful on a number of levels, and his experience in ministry was such a help to us. A very gracious fellow with a good sense of humour and a great brown polyester sports jacket.
I had opportunity to listen again to a couple of individuals as we met for spiritual direction, which for me is always energizing. This whole Spiritual Direction thing for us as a group of churches seems to be just hitting it's stride and taking off. I think that bodes well for us.
And Lauralea and I had an afternoon to go on a hike and talk, a lot. It hasn't been easy for us as we have transitioned back into our somewhat more separated lives, at least more separated than when we were together this summer.Â It was good to be together a lot this summer, and now that we can't spend as much time together we have to ramp up the communication a whole lot more than we have.
But after six days away, two trips back and forth to Alberta, nearly hitting a hare, a dead porcupine, one just dead skunk, a rather large deer just off the road, and mowing over the fresh remains of one dead smelly skunk, it's good to be home.
I'm just a bit fuzzy on which day it is.