1. Move to island community a couple of hours and a ferryboat ride away.
2. Pastor small church there. Host occasional island retreats of a day or a few. Write.
3. Come into the city for two or three days a week to do part-time chaplaincy at Giant Famous Hospital and some spiritual direction, maybe teach a college class as an adjunct, see my friends and go to dinner or the orchestra or the art museum (not all in the same weeek!).
Needs met: Solitude. Quiet. Church. Migratory birds. Kayak. Intensity of hospital on a reduced-time basis. Just enough big city culture and companionship.
Gifts offered: Worship leadership, preaching, teaching, congregational and hospital pastoral care, spiritual direction, writing.
Questions: Is there even a church of any kind on one of those islands? Would GFH take me on as a part-time chaplain? Would anyone be interested in publishing my writing?
In between me and there: Summer Hebrew. One last year of seminary. One year CPE residency. Debt. The garage that's falling down.
Just some thoughts, inspired by today's Friday Five.