I recently had the privilege of serving as the spiritual component faculty for the Episcopal CREDO Institute’s conference for recently ordained clergy. It was an extraordinary and invigorating time of formation and fellowship with an assorted community of Episcopalians. Twenty-five participants were led by eight faculty members responsible for a closer look at education, stewardship and wellness in the specific areas of spirituality, vocation, physical and behavioral health, finance, and leadership.
During the conference, the foundation of our time together and apart from one another was a focus on the holy cycle of identity (Who am I?), discernment (Who is God calling me to be?), practice (How am I enacting God’s call?), and transformation (How am I changing?). The commitment for all Christians to explore identity, discernment, practice and transformation requires the unceasing act of opening doors within ourselves. Imagine if we were able to open doors within, doors that allow us to look ahead boldly each day and leave yesterday behind? Our closing morning worship at the conference ended with a magnificent quote that I am delighted to share with you for your journey, as I cherish and include it for mine.
Leave yesterday behind and waste no more time dwelling on the faults and failures which may have marred the day; they are finished and done with. Give thanks for a new day, for a day unmarred by anything. It is pure and glorious now, and it is up to you to keep it so. It is up to you to advance steadily into it in absolute confidence and faith that it is going to be a wonderful day. Everything is going to fall into place perfectly; everything is going to run smoothly. Everyone you meet will be a joy and delight to talk to, and not one negative or unpleasant thought or idea will enter your consciousness. In the newness of the day, all is very, very well. All is perfect, and you are going to keep it so with God’s constant help and guidance, by being consciously aware of God’s divine presence, and by waiting upon God in quietness and confidence. (Eileen Caddy, 1986, Scotland)
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector