It seems like I have been in community of one form or another through all the seasons of my life. In my twenties, I was one of the seminarians at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School that began Sojourners magazine, and spent the next 15 years as part of the pastoral leadership team of Sojourners community in Washington DC.
In my forties, Jackie and I became part of a small group of families in Mt. Rainier MD, homebrewing our own way of doing life and community as Circle Church. We raised our children surrounded by many of the families that had been a part of early Sojourners.
In my fifties, we moved to Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Community in Harpers Ferry, WV. For the next fifteen years we cut fire wood, engaged in conversation over dinner with our many guests, led retreats, offered spiritual direction, adopted the Friends of Silence newsletter from Nan Merrill, worked with Richard Rohr in offering wilderness retreats for men, created Wisdom Schools with Cynthia Bourgeault, and just recently returned to our home in Mt. Rainier to be more intentionally connected to our own children and their grandchildren.
I am currently working as Director of Web and Digital Technology at Sojourners magazine, which is not an easy task since I am increasingly becoming a Luddite the older I get, and would much rather sit by a tree than in front of screen. I am joyfully throwing my life energy toward this new season of community called Shepherd Village, and am grateful for the many old and new friends that are part of this emerging project.