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About burbankchristian

First Christian Church of Burbank is a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation. Pastor Steve Borgard is blogging about his sabbatical. The Sabbatical will include: Courgage to Lead Retreats (focusing on Circles of Trust and the Seasons of Ministry), Preaching (Homeletics Conference), Contemplative Prayer and Spiritual Formation (Oregon Extension Summer Contemplative Retreat) and an Interfaith Experience (Thich Nhat Hahn - Mindfulness Retreat)

Breath Prayer, Incorporating the Words of Institution

During this time of Lent, several people have expressed to me the notion of incorporating a ‘spiritual exercise’ into their daily routine. So, I wanted to share a simple routine I am trying to incorporate into my daily life, that … Continue reading

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View from Stough Cyn

View from my hike last night above Burbank. Stough Cyn. – Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

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Ask Me – poem

Below is a poem I read in the book, Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer. The poem didn’t really stir me until this week, standing on the banks of a small frozen river, giving way to the first signs … Continue reading

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Introduction to Clearness Committee Concept

You may be curious as to the type of activities I experience on retreat. The retreat I attended this week (and in November) are based on the Quaker tradition of the Clearness Committee and the work of Parker Palmer. For … Continue reading

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Finding our True Self – Courage to Lead Retreat

“…asking how to realize the true self is much like facing a large field covered with snow that has not yet been walked on and asking, ‘Where is the path?’ The answer is to walk across it and there will … Continue reading

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Day #1

I arrived safely in Helena MT. Warren dropped me off at the Burbank Airport. We reminisced about when he and Rachel began coming to the church and talked about Drew, Mande, Trevor, Smallwood, who have left recently, and the network … Continue reading

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Walking around Helena, MT. It’s freezing. I’m staying a fellow pastor’s house and tomorrow we head to the Courage to Lead retreat – at a Disciples of Christ camp. It will be rustic, cold, and snowy. But, I look forward … Continue reading

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