I love to tell the story for those who know it best,
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,
‘twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.
–“I Love to Tell the Story”
–Words by Katherine Hankey, c. 1868
Throughout my time in ministry, I have always made a point of nurturing relationships with my clergy colleagues. As is true in many professions, there can often be a special kinship among those who do what you do. To that point, I very much enjoyed having a couple of days away last week for the annual Clergy Convocation at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford, Maine. As you can see from the photos, it is a beautiful place; perfect for reflection and renewal. And the opportunity to join with about 50 of our New Hampshire conference ministers made for a perfect blend of learning, reflection, worship and conversation.
This year’s gathering was led by Rev. Cindy Maybeck, a Christian storyteller and UCC pastor with 25 years of experience in the church. Cindy talked about being called “out of parish ministry” about 5 years ago and being led into a creative new ministry; making the stories of the bible come alive. We were treated to dramatic presentations of the stories of the 10 lepers, a woman that Jesus healed, the call of Samuel and many others. We were also given opportunities to practice storytelling ourselves and left with a good collection of resources for further learning. Cindy is available to lead worship and do workshops. I have in mind to invite her to Manchester in the not too distant future.
One of the great benefits of networking with colleagues is finding out about new programs and possibilities. I’m glad to have had the time.
Yours in grace,