Friday, February 24, 2006


Photo: The Chapel at Asbury Seminary

Thursday evening through Saturday morning I was at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, for a Pastors in Community learning conference. I've heard and read about Asbury since I was a child, but this was my first visit to the fabled bastion of holiness theology and evangelical revivalism. It is set among horse farms just beyond the eastern suburbs of Lexington. A quaint place defined by colonial-style architecture. Folks there jokingly refer to it as "seven miles from any known sin."

This learning conference is the wrap-up of study, discussions, and consolidation of findings from the three-year Sustaining Pastoral Excellence project I have been involved in. The group is hosted by Apostles Anglican Church and anchored by Dr. Christine Pohl, Professor of Ethics and Society at Asbury. Pohl is also the author of Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, a book that has inspired me both in my work with homeless neighbors as well as in pastoral ministry. Our group of 12 pastors and Christian workers were joined by lay leaders from our ministry settings as well as invited pastors and staff. It was an insightful few days.

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