"Rob Hardwick, bishop of the diocese of Qu'Appelle, will spend much of his four-month sabbatical -- May 14 to Sept. 3, 2018 -- bicycling across Canada to raise money for ministry projects within the diocese and beyond. Hardwick plans to cycle from Victoria, B.C., to St. John's, Nfld., a total of about 7,877 km. With one rest day factored in each week, the trip is expected to take 82 days, with Hardwick aiming to cover 114 km. each day that he rides. This may seem a less-than-restful sabbatical, but Hardwick says that the pedalling pilgrimage will be an 'opportunity to pray -- throughout the ride -- for unity and reconciliation, and also for unity across the church'."
First column of "Grace Notes" by Michael Peers in the Anglican Journal, written at the invitation of Journal Editor, Carolyn Purden. The author reflects on his first-ever sabbatical leave (four months from mid-July to November 1994) and his experience of reading the entire bible aloud during that time.
Brief account by the author, rector of Christ's Church Cathedral in the Anglican diocese of Niagara, of his sabbatical spent at Codrington College in Barbados and Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, where he participated in their six-week program entitled "Renewal and Growth for today's ministry".
"Even God rested on the Sabbath. It is a commandment and an example I am sure we all need to follow. Not only do we all need to rest each week, but sometimes -- perhaps especially for clergy whose work often requires balancing the competing demands of service to others and the prayerful interior work of finding inspiration -- an extended time of rest and refreshment is necessary". "For me, immersion in theological study and spiritual practice -- which a sabbatical makes possible -- have been the source of new hope and energy, allowing me to continue and endure". "I recommend sabbaticals strongly to the clergy with whom I work. Some parishioners wrongly see it as an extended holiday. I encourage clergy to begin their preparations two years ahead, not least to help the parish understand the benefits to themselves as well as the clergy".
The author, Justice Coordinator in the Partnerships Department of General Synod, describes the planning for her sabbatical which will take place from November 2002 to the end of February 2003. "It is the eve of my departure, and coincidentally, Hallowe'en. For me I feel that [it] is the eve of a hallowed time in my life. The effort to make space has been enormous, and I confess I am tired out from the preparations, both at home and at work. Yet I am amazed that I am feeling some benefits of the sabbatical already -- a sense of excitement, rejuvenation, of consolidating the parts of my life into a restful whole".
The author, Graphic Designer for the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada describes her recent three month sabbatical in which she "attended art college, took a sculpture course with my daughter, and ... painted -- painted all summer long. My days began with a half-hour or so of meditation and prayer, instead of the frantic wake-ups and getting people off to school and work that I am used to". "It is only now, after several months, that I fondly remember all the other great experiences and understand that although I didn't make this great discovery [of her artistic "mark"] within myself, I had a good go at it. The wonder of my sabbatical lay in things I hadn't planned for -- time with family and friends, time for just me. And it is good to be back at work, because I'm renewed and refreshed. I have wonderful memories of the summer, and I've missed my Church House friends".