Bishop Beisner's Post-Sabbatical Message

Bishop Beisner's Post-Sabbatical Message

This message appeared in the June issue of the Aurora Clergy e-News. Click here to read the full newsletter.

Dear Friends in Christ:

Grace and peace to you in our Lord Jesus Christ! 

I write this to you on my first day back in the office. Mostly I am trying hard to pay attention to the things wise people say about the importance of making a good, gradual, post-sabbatical transition -- but the fact is that I have had a really great sabbatical, and I am ready for it to be over. I feel energized and eager to get going again. Good things we had set in motion together before I stepped away have been going forward, new challenges and opportunities are emerging all around, and the Diocese of Northern California is exactly where I want to be right now.

It was a great sabbatical, a really blessed time. I have only just begun to process all the many encounters, conversations and experiences of the past three months. Not only was it a time of rest and refreshment, but also a time of significant learning and growth. Much of my reflection will come in the conversations we have and the work we do together over the coming months. You may in fact get a little tired before long of hearing me refer to what I have seen the churches in New Zealand doing, or what my Church of England friends have to say. I expect that thoughts from a lot of recent reading will be popping out in all sorts of settings. Even the time I spent at home sorting through two dozen boxes of post-fire office papers and personal effects became a lens through which to see my ministry -- and the work before us -- more clearly.

It was a great sabbatical.  I am grateful to all of you who made it possible, and especially to staff and to those diocesan leaders who shouldered extra loads in my absence.  Thank you all for such a generous and significant gift.  It was good to be away.  It is good to be away.  It is good to be home.


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