You say you are on sabbatical and the response of students and friends is, “Wonderful, I hope you are relaxed and enjoying the time away.” Well, the soul breathes deeply as Martha and I will have spent four months in Hood River, OR, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. Here water and mountains meet. Cycling is good and a challenge, everything goes up before coming back down. We have found the small Episcopal Church, founded as a mission in the late 19th century, the parish of PB Ed Browning upon retirement. Its mission is healthy as a presence in the community and in offering a community of worship. And here is family, three of our five grandchildren.
More, though, than sabbatical, here is time and space for (as Stan Hauerwas has said) laying bricks, one-at-a-time each day and seeing a book come into its own. I hope you will see in a while a moral-liturgical theology of the healing memory of Christ…a sacramental ethic that makes the gospel alive and more than a promise.
Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D. The Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics