PA IPL’s staff and Board enrich our work with rare face-to-face time during a working retreat for two days each summer. This year we learned with, and from, Sara Ward, the recently retired director of Ohio IPL, a state with many of the same challenges we face in Pennsylvania.
In preparation for our conversations, we were invited to listen to this powerful talk by the Rev. Dr. Melanie Harris, We invite you to do the same. As we lean in to the work that awaits us, we hold her last words close: “Listening is an act of justice.” Where do her words lead you?
We survey our closed dominion until we look up in August to find comet dust flaring in the night. This vastness, this vertiginous awareness mocking gravity on our speck of now, wakes us with a recalibrating jolt.
The end of August is a time to move from the long days of summer to the more regular rhythms of our lives. Even when our households are not guided by the schedules of schoolchildren, communities and congregations tend to drift to the outdoors in the season of daylight, and greet each other in reunion and anticipation as September approaches.