Thank You!

I feel truly blessed to have had your support in my time of leave this summer. It was a time of intentionality with family and deliberate study. It was refreshing to be away for a time and generate new ideas for our mutual ministry at Ascension, too.

While in Seattle I had the opportunity to spend time with the kids and explore a bit. I want to share a little about how I spent my time while the kids danced each day. I read some great books, including but not limited to: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book by Dan Harris, Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton, The 3 Day Effect by Florence Williams, Walk in Love by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe, Conversations with Scripture: The Psalms by Louis Countryman, and Paradox: Creating Christian Community Beyond by Ken Howard.

I completed some online coursework. Specifically the bonus modules from the "Next Level Leadership Course". Topics ranged from leadership principles and managing well to work with the Enneagram. I had completed the main course last year, meeting with the leader Shane Hipps and others.

I also spent time working on projects that are difficult to manage while in the office. Most days I spent some time writing, focusing on ministry experiences and a longer piece about scripture that has been on my mind for some time. While in Seattle I also arranged to meet with several local clergy. This time allowed for sharing ideas and generally learning from one another.

Again, I am grateful for your support for this time. We are all happy to be home! I missed Ascension and our life here in Dallas.

Blessings -
Fr. Paul