Pastor Laurie’s Sabbatical FAQ
Three things primarily: (1) visiting with family and friends from the east coast; (2) seeking spiritual refreshment and renewal and (3) gaining skills in progressive church leadership and growth. The centerpiece of her spiritual refreshment will be hiking in beauty of Northern California, taking time in silent retreat, and reading lots of books in Buddhist Christian dialogue.
To deepen her skills in progressive church leadership and growth, Laurie plans to visit larger, well-run progressive faith communities, and talk with their staffs. She will also be taking courses in congregational growth and renewal at the Graduate Theological Union, through the center for progressive Christianity, and research from the Alban institute on emerging faith communities.
HOW CAN I CONTACT PASTOR LAURIE?
Given her travel plans, please contact one of the following people, who will get in touch with Pastor Laurie in the event of an emergency:
- Sabbatical Pastor (Rev. Drew Nettinga) 862-1136, Email
- Our Office Manager. (Nancy Montier) 531 8212, Email
- Moderator (Suzie Harris) Suzanne Harris Email
- Vice Moderator (Tom Manley), Thomas Manley Email
WHY A SABBATICAL?
The sabbatical leave is a tradition for clergy of all denominations, including the United Church of Christ, as it is for the university. It offers an extended time for study, reflection, rest, and renewal—all ingredients for effective ministry. A sabbatical leave is part of the congregation’s covenant agreement with Laurie as our minister, after having served five years. Just as importantly, the congregation will benefit as Laurie returns refreshed, filled with new ideas and with rekindled energy. Further, it offers the staff and congregation the opportunity to step up to fill some of Laurie’s responsibilities while being pastored to our wise and faithful Associate Conference minister, Rev. Drew Nettinga. After seven years of service, our minister will take her sabbatical from June 3 – Sept 3.
Rev. Drew will be leading worship most Sundays, and the rest of the staff, will be here most of the summer
Pastoral care and support will continue to be provided by the Rev. Drew and the Intensive Prayer Unit (Rhea Babbitt, Nancy Taylor, and Nila Oakes).