There are workshops, times of learning, times of discussion about our ministries and about the church. There are quiet times, times of fellowship and laughter (Episcopalians cannot gather without out breaking bread together). In effect, yes we truly resemble coffee hours in the parish. We get to hug old friends and make new ones. It is definitely a family affair and a community gathering.
We talk about our spiritual journeys and hear our Bishop, Jim Mathes, talk about his journey as our spiritual leader and where he sees God calling us to new ideas, new ministries and hope.
The clergy of San Diego come from all across the country. Some have served their parishes here for many years. Some are new to Southern California and some are native San Diegans. One new priest recently arrived from the Diocese of Vermont,
said “I happily left my snow blower behind”. Some are close by San Marcos; some are as far away as Hemet or Palm Desert and even Yuma, Arizona (yes St. Paul’s Yuma is in the Diocese of San Diego.)
I came away blessed, with a sense of peace and belonging to something important for my life and ministry with all of you.
We are all part of a larger life, a life in God’s hands, and that is what makes us who we are – all children of God and truly blessed!