From the District Superintendent

Intentional Blooming

Posted 15 August, 2017 by Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster

And you -- what of your rushed and

useful life?  Imagine setting it all down --

papers, plans, appointments, everything --

leaving only a note:  'gone

to the fields to be lovely.

Be back when I'm through blooming."*


What a gift these words are to me this summer.  We used in them as a reflection point in our first worship together during our annual cabinet retreat in July. These words will frame my own August vacation "blooming" time of mountain viewing, porch sitting, book-reading, family-time spending. Plus, I"m looking forward to celebrating my "not-a-milestone" birthday on the day of the solar eclipse. What a rare and wonderful gift!

Make no mistake. Of course

your work will always matter* 

 When "I'm through blooming" I'll jump back in to celebrate Alta Mons 60th (milestone) anniversary, lead the annual district clergy summit, enjoy breakfast with local church secretaries and administrative assistants, discern district leadership with the Nominations Committee, and anticipate charge conference gatherings with all the churches across the district. 

I hope you also allow for some intentional "blooming" time throughout the year.

Faithfully,   Kathleen


*From Lynn Unger's poem Camas Lilies, published in Wayne Muller's book Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives