Yesterday morning the Congregational Care team from Resurrection gathered together for a day of retreat at the Ursuline Convent in beautiful Paola, KS. It was a great day with team members who I am still getting a chance to know. The day was divided into two primary sessions, the first to be co-lead by some guests, the other to be worked through on our own as a team.
The guests for our morning session were Grant and Emma Wood from Resonate Relationship Clinic. They brought great content and talked us through the importance of personal and professional boundaries for ourselves, for our families, and for the congregation. On a side note, they opened our time together with the prayer of St. Patrick’s Breastplate. I wasn’t familiar with it, but found it really moving.
The plan for the afternoon had been to discuss personal and departmental goals for the coming year, but we decided to shift gears near the end of our morning session. After lunch, and a time of personal reflection and prayer, we came back together to continue the conversation about boundaries and self care as individuals and departmentally. We had some great conversation about the ways in which we need to be taking care of ourselves, taking care of each other, and creating systems that do a good job of caring for everyone within the department. I trust that some good things will be coming from this discussion.
While it wasn’t on the agenda in any formal manner, we also spent a good deal of time laughing together, which was wonderful. I continue to feel very blessed to be working at Resurrection and am grateful for all of my wonderful co-workers.