January is a good time to retreat.
Because today begins the Lutheran-Episcopal Pre-Lenten retreat for the pastors-priests in our area of upstate, NY.
I nicknamed it "Lut-episcs" which I thought was really clever.
We're only together for 2 days but it is time well spent because we are joined by a professor from a seminary or divinity school who basically outlines the Lenten readings and gives us ideas for sermons (or homilies, depending on who's describing it.)
I'll let y'all know how it goes.
Here's a random fact from "Thinning the Herd"
"In any given year, fifteen times as many people are killed by falling coconuts than by sharks."
I don't plan on encountering sharks or coconuts on the retreat, so I should be okay.