AWAKENINGSOUL 2020 

Registration is open for our 2020 AwakeningSoul gathering!  Our presenters will be Jen Bailey, Serene Jones and Brian McLaren. November 5-8 at the Lutheridge Conference Center, Asheville, NC.  Much more info and links are available at;

www.awakeningsoulpresents.org

Red Rocks, Peter Gabriel.. 

Wow... what an incredible adventure.  Eric Murrell, Charles Milling and I decided last June we would go to see Peter Gabriel at the Red Rocks venue outside Denver, CO.  PG was doing a 30 day tour of the US...with the original 'So' band.  Eric got incredible seats - row 11, right next to the mix station!  We got there early in the afternoon to do some scouting and sightseeing, since it was a 'first' for all three of us.  We then had a great dinner and came back for the show, which was truly amazing - every…

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Times Like These video 

Here's an acoustic, live version of 'Times Like These' which seems to get more and more appropriate with each news cycle...<embed src="http://wizard.franmckendree.com/publicfiles/Times_Like_These.mov" autostart="false" /

Early morning visitor 

This cute little guy came for breakfast this morning... it was the first morning this fall that we've dipped below freezing, and I think he was looking for a sunny spot.

about an hour later... ahhhh... much better!

Stowaway! 

Sometimes it's tough heading out on the road, especially when we're in the midst of a beautiful October here in the mountains of NC.  Our cat, Inky, however, was ready for a little adventure this past week as I packed up!

Holy Cross Monastery 

Had a really wonderful 4 days helping out with a retreat for youth workers, with my friend and colleague Jenifer Gamber, and about 14 other great folks.  This has become an annual event at this beautiful and contemplative Benedictine house.  Check for dates for next September.

One of our morning sessions;

Here's sunrise one morning, overlooking the mighty Hudson River..

We took a little ride to a bridge over the Hudson and where a thunderstorm suddenly descended on us. The wind picked up very quickly…

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Diocese of Niagra, Canada 

My wife, Diana, and I led a retreat for clergy and licensed lay workers for the Diocese of Niagra in early May.  It was held at the Mount Carmel Retreat Center, in Niagra Falls, Canada.  What a great few days we had- wonderful, diverse group of folks attending, and the center is lovely, with the best food I've ever had at a retreat center, and a really great staff.  We only had about 24 hrs with the group, but the atmosphere was brimming with great conversation and sharing. It was still a bit on the…

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Benefit Concert, Birmingham, AL 

I joined the 5 O'Clock Band in a benefit concert at St.Luke's in Birmingham Saturday night. The purpose was to raise funds for a trail to be cut at Camp McDowell in memory of the late Rev. Deb Braden, and counting some donations that came in from a private gathering, over 12,000.00 was raised!  Thanks to everyone who came to support the effort.  I'll try to get some photos up soon.

Birmingham, AL and Diana's surgery 

My wife, Diana, had back surgery this past Thursday.  All went flawlessly, and she's recovering well, 'tho it will take about 6 weeks before she begins to feel the full benefit. We give thanks for the skill of the surgeon, all your prayers, and the wonderful 'mealtrain' volunteers that have been bringing us delicious dinners, and for the generosity of the folks who have been so incredibly kind to us, guiding us through the surgery, and providing a home away from home.

Read the Spirit article! 

www.readthespirit  has a story this week about a retreat I led a couple weeks back for youth leaders in the diocese of SW VA.  Please visit; http://www.readthespirit.com/explore/2011/3/1/lets-go-fly-a-kite-astonished-by-clarity-beauty.html

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