Hello Friends! I am writing to let you know that I will be out of the office and on sabbatical for the second half of the summer. My last Sunday before my sabbatical begins is July 10 and my first Sunday back after sabbatical will be August 14. Between those Sundays I will not be checking email or phone messages and any pastoral care or counseling concerns can be directed toward Kyle Matthews or Ryland Brown.

For me, like many of you, the last two years have been deeply exhausting on so many levels—and has affected all of us in one way or another. Caregiving through a pandemic, being extra flexible as a church, the collective trauma of a healthcare crisis across the world, and awakening on new levels to injustice in our country has taken a toll on our souls and spirits. I sincerely hope each of you are finding ways in your daily life to tap back into the joy of living and being a beloved child of God. If you feel like you are still struggling to do that, schedule time with me before I leave or when I am back in the office. I am happy to spend some one on one time with you, exploring ways to connect with the sacred within you and within the world again. Email me or call (864)233-2527 to set up a time to meet with me on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday morning before church.

I am deeply grateful for this time away. We’ll be spending some time in Copenhagen, Denmark so any recommendations for good family fun are welcome!


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