The word sabbatical has its roots in the biblical concept of Sabbath (“to rest” or “to cease”).
Sabbath keeping is setting aside time that God consecrates and makes holy. The Diocese of New Jersey advocates a sabbatical every 5-7 years for full time clergy.
I will be on sabbatical leave in order to rest, disengage, study, reflect and travel, in order to return to minister in this parish refreshed and renewed in body, mind and spirit.
This is a time for me to receive spiritual nourishment and a change in perspective, and to deepen my relationship with God and my loved ones.
This special time is also a season of growth for the entire congregation. During the Sabbatical, you will be studying, experiencing Sabbath yourselves, visiting nearby locations and gathering data – the same thing that I will be doing except in locations further away.
The purpose of the sabbatical is clergy renewal as well as parish renewal. On my return, we will compile results and share insights. From this we will then chart possible new directions that God has in store for us.
Love and blessings, Joan+
The sabbatical is for 4-months.
Posted by The Rev. Joan Mason on Nov 15, 2014
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