A number of peope have asked me when I am picking back up with the blogging.
Right now, I am in a season of great writing activity as I am working on the Exercises in Spiritual Formation. I am doing this on my personal time and I am devoting as much time as I can to those volumes. We have some publishing goals we are shooting for and a lot of work is needed to reach those goals.
I find that I only have a "certain number" of good words (not to mention hours a week) where I can write. And I have to devote that time, first to the Exercises project.
But, I will be able to start back up in January. What I think I will do is just provide some briefer thoughts on the blogsite that are receiving longer treatments in the Exercises.
LCI partner, John Hilliard had a great trip to Asia, doing one of the Five Day Retreats (on the First Principle and Foundation material of the Invitations workbook). He also spent some time with another group of leaders who were going through the Invitation to Relationship exercises.
LCI partners Mike Johnson, Garrett Lowe and Javier Valasquez and I travelled to Santiago, Chile to launch our first Five Day Retreat (a bi-lingual event) with some dear friends there who are doing a wonderful work of church planting, leadership development and missional service at a number of places both in Latin America and around the world.
THE PICTURES in order are:
Javier (our translator of the Exercises and interpreter for the week) with Mike teaching on The Examen.
Garrett (modeling the "lumberjack look" outside one of the cabins).
The group during a teaching session. We would do 15-30 minute teachings and then they would spend 90 minutes doing personal spiritual formation work.
And I had the privilege of being in Charlotte, North Carolina for two days with my friends from United World Mission. They have really embraced the Exercises model and so many of their people are moving through this and becoming mentors, that they are really advancing it nicely throughout their organization.
And not too far back in the late fall, another partner/friend - Mervin Charles went to Cuba to do another course for the graduate program in leadership that LCI partners with Recursos Globales Estrategicos (R.E.G. and Omar Gava). That program is headed up by a wonderful brother and friend in Cuba (I"ll keep him anonymous). We are seeing wonderful fruit in the training of these senior leaders who are then doing an incredible work around the eastern half of Cuba.
Another LCI partner and friend will be headed to Cuba for another graduate course in January.
So it has been a fruitful time for us.
LCI is working on a number of new initiatives for 2012. I'll be sending out an email newsletter to those who are on that mailing list.
Grace to each of you.
Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International