Friends & colleagues, I am excited to announce that I will be taking a sabbatical effective now through June 2014.
What’s up? Why the sabbatical? What’s the plan?
Here’s the scoop… A number of recent changes including new work for Amy and new projects & longer term clients for me make now the perfect time to publish, settle into our new church community, and explore new ways to be of service.
I’s time to publish
I’m going to be working on publications, exact form to be determined. I’ve been compiling audio and other documentation from my trainings, keynotes and clergy coaching sessions and have at least a couple of books worth of material. While I love speaking, publishing will reach more people and only serve to advance my work moving forward.
New Church Home
For the last three years my wife, the Rev. Amy Freedman, and I have been working together as independent consultants and prioritizing time with our young daughter. This has included Amy taking a break from full time parish ministry. As a result, we have not had a congregational home. This is about to change! This Fall Amy is joining the ministry team at First Church Boston. As we move into this new situation, I want to prioritize getting to know the First Church community and have the time to fully participate in congregational life with my family.
New Technology, New Models
Part of my sabbatical will involve exploring ways to integrate new technologies into my work. There are many tools I’ve wanted to experiment with, but have not had the time. Time to play!
Lastly, I want to make time to get more deeply involved in addressing climate change. Since 350’s Do the Math Tour came through Boston I’ve been studying climate change, and the secular, interfaith and UU organizations working to address it. Time to step it up, help people circle up, and get real about the challenges we face. I believe congregations, through a ministry approach, can play an important part in helping people come to terms with our situation and move forward. Activism is important, but it is only part of what needs to happen.
That’s the quick overview.
- During the period from July 1 – Dec 31, 2013 I will not be accepting new clients, projects or scheduling speaking dates.
- Feel free to be in touch at any point regarding booking 2014 – 2015 dates.
- If you have questions related to the above, I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for your ongoing support! Peter