A Sabbatical Update from Canon Britt

A Sabbatical Update from Canon Britt

Following is a recent update as sent by the Rev. Canon Britt Olson, currently on sabbatical from her duties as canon to the ordinary. Additional updates to follow as received...

Dear Friends and Family,

Many of you are aware that I have just completed the first month of a three-month sabbatical. This great gift and opportunity comes as part of my work with the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. After nearly six years as Canon to the Ordinary, this sabbatical is an opportunity to rest, reflect and re-connect with my calling as a priest and my passion for life and ministry.

This first month focused on the Sierra Nevadas with a chance to hike, kayak, read and rest. I have attached photos from my two-week stay at our summer chapel, St. Francis at Fallen Leaf Lake near Lake Tahoe. There I tended the chapel, preached and celebrated on two Sundays and got to know the summer community. Bryon visited each week and I also had visits from my Nevada friend and fellow Rector, Jeff Paul and a surprise connection with a friend from InterVarsity days, Mary McGonigal who is a Presbyterian pastor. With all the pastoral needs of the (small but intense) summer community and the time with friends and at dinner parties I had surprisingly little quiet time!

I did hike to Grass Lake, Lilly Lake, Angora Lakes, Page Meadows (from Camp Noel Porter) and around Fallen Leaf. I also kayaked three mornings including a paddleall the way around the lake with Jeff.

My sabbatical began with a few days at Sea Ranch on the California Coast. It was gorgeous! I hiked in Redwoods and along the bluff for miles.

This past week Bryon and I spent five days in Yosemite (where the photo above of Bryon and I was taken). We stayed at the Wawona Hotel which is a marvelously historic and gracious location. We hiked around the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias, around the Valley floor and Mirror Lake and around the meadow at Wawona. We celebrated our fifth anniversary (belated) with dinner at the Ahwahnee Hotel. It was marvelous!

I have not had access to my work e-mail for a month. For most of August I was away from cell phone and e-mail. The undisturbed time for reading and reflection have been very restorative. My latest book is a biography of John Muir. This past month has been my paltry equivalent of his "long walk" away from the tyranny of technology and into the wilder spaces of nature and my own heart. It has been very good.

On September 4 I leave for S. Sudan and then for England. Please pray for Robin Denney and I as we begin this trip to a part of the world where she served as a missionary before it became an independent country. We are concerned that it may be difficult to get our visas as things are changing rapidly in this newest nation in the world. Please also pray for those we will meet and share with. Robin will be consulting on the agricultural work she did and I will be preaching, teaching and delivering aid and encouragement. You will receive an update from me at the end of September when I am in the U.K.




Click here or on the image above to view additional photos shared by Canon Britt.

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Aileen Aidnik wrote:
Sounds like a wonderful sabbatical, so far! Love the pix of you and Byron! Prayers and blessings on the remainder of your time away!

Thu, September 6, 2012 @ 3:21 PM

2. Carol Vaughan wrote:
Canon Britt,
So glad to hear that you took this sabbatical, well deserved but as always you are serving,it sounds like you have been having a wonderful time and nice that you were able to enjoy your anniversary celebration with your husband Bryon. Many prayers for you and Robin as you travel into the unknown and I know you will bless many along the way. I hope you get to enjoy the country of my birth when you are in the UK as you prepare for a safe journey home. Peace and Blessings,
Carol Vaughan,
St.Augustine's, Rocklin, California

Fri, September 7, 2012 @ 1:13 AM

3. Marge Hier wrote:
Safe travel and lots of prayers for this journey . St. Luke's Auburn

Tue, September 11, 2012 @ 10:48 AM

4. Debbie Decker wrote:
I'll be interested to hear about your time in South Sudan. I just got back from a trip to visit an old friend, Fr. Tom Reeder, who is Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport, PA. He and his family have a long-standing mission relationship with the people of South Sudan.

Thu, September 13, 2012 @ 9:40 PM

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