Today through Thursday, I will be on retreat with my brother priests of the Diocese of Knoxville. Every year at this time,we all assemble across the North Carolina state line at Lake Junaluska, a Methodist conference and retreat center in the Great Smoky Mountains. This will be my seventh retreat with the Knoxville presbyterate and our sixth at Lake Junaluska. It is an event I look forward to every year, especially since retreat week usually coincides more or less with my ordination anniversary on October 28.
The topic of this year's retreat conferences will be "St.Luke's Portrait of Jesus: A Model of Mercy and Compassion."