As you have heard about in various recent announcements and read about in our newsletter, The Trumpet, I am taking a sabbatical this fall. It begins 21 September and will run to 17 December. We are delighted to have Fr. Bill Smith conduct services and preach in my absence. Our office staff and Vestry are prepared to carry on without me, ready for the day to day tasks as well as the surprises that frequently add spice to congregational life.
A sabbatical is not a vacation, and though I will not be in the office or with you on Sundays, I will be busy. My “Totidem Verbis” column in the 27 September Trumpet details my tentative schedule. Both on the road and for those periods when I will be at home, I will be writing.
Though I will not be blogging about my experiences, I will use this space to let you know how things are going, and share a little bit about my travels.
The First Week
There is no better way to transition from one state of being to another than to get on the road and get away. So, on Friday, 23 September, I will pack up and head north to our family camp in Edinburg, New York. Alone in the woods seems like a good place to focus on writing. On Sunday, 25 September, I will preside and preach at the Church of the Transfiguration on Blue Mountain Lake, the only guest appearance I have planned during the sabbatical.
The first week will end with a quick trip through central New England. I will stop at Hampshire College, in Amherst, MA — my alma mater — specifically to tour a brand new building, the Kern Center. This new facility, widely described as the “greenest building” ever built, will generate all of its own power and recycle all of its own water and waste. It’s construction was equally green, leaving virtually no “carbon footprint” during the building process. All that plus the fact that it was designed by the Cambridge, MA, architectural firm Bruner/Cott & Associates, where my daughter Meg works as an office manager and executive assistant to the principals.
Finally, I will meet with the Rt. Rev’d Nicholas Knisely, the Bishop of Rhodes Island, to turn over to him a red stole that belonged to his late uncle, the Rev’d Joseph Knisely, that somehow became part of Emmanuel’s collection of vestments.