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How I’m Approaching My Sabbatical – Part 2

Today I will be flying out of LA to the island of Kauai, where I will stay my first week. Then I will fly to Honolulu for a short stay, and spend the remainder of my time in Hawaii on the Big Island, Kona. As I mentioned in my last post, the first month is about rest.

MONTH TWO (October 2011)

What: Reflect and Read the Text of my life.
Where: Los Angeles & East Coast

Description: I plan to read old journal, read assessments that I’ve done through the years, whether it be on spiritual gifts, personality and so for. I will also conduct a grand examen looking at the last 20 years of ministry to see how my life has developed, re-discover primary passions, understand current convictions that God has developed through the years. I will connect with a number of people in this time to reflect with them, and hopefullly take an 8 day retreat going through Ignatian spirituality. Here are a list of books I hope to read during October.

Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality by Maragret Silf
The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery by David Benner
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker Palmer
Spaces for the Sacred: Place, Memory and Identity by Philip Shldrake
Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness by Eugene Peterson


4 Responses to How I’m Approaching My Sabbatical – Part 2

  1. Hi JR…I was wondering how you would being reflecting on 20yrs? I guess you start at year 1?

  2. JR Woodward says:

    I will be using my journals and other stuff I have written down and using Ignatius’ Grand examen idea, taking a disciplined look at my past.

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