Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Malibu: sacred and scary

Lisa Holmlund and I are on our second retreat with the pastoral staffs of 4 other Pacific Southwest Conference Covenant churches who enrolled in a year-long staff-coaching process called "Getting to Great". We met this summer at Mission Springs Camp and now this fall at the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu California. The center is perched on a bluff of land looking over the Pacific Ocean above Malibu. It was given by heirs of the wealthy Rindge family, famous for founding Malibu tiles, to the archdiocese of Los Angeles. All over the property the famous tiles light up rooms and walkways.
But also all around us is the blackness of charred hills from the raging fires that swept through these canyons twice this summer/fall. Lisa, below, drove past the Malibu Presbyterian church on the morning before it burned to the ground. Makes you stop and think about how temporary our stuff is.


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