Dear Friends,

I loved the Leadership Institute Thursday and Friday last week!  This is the kind of quality event one normally travels a long way and spends a lot of money to attend.  I had to drive all the way to Boise and pay $25 (which included 3 meals)!One of the break-out group leaders was the pastor our bishop intends to appoint to the Cathedral of the Rockies, effective July 1.  Duane Anders comes from Ohio.  I was very impressed.  I just want to share one little thing he shared with us that I intend to do here.  His church in Ohio provides space to 12-step groups, as do we.  He makes it a point to ask for a few minutes to share with the groups, two or three times each year.  Here is essentially what he says to them:  “We are all in recovery.  Only some of us are brave enough to admit it.  I am so glad you are here.  If you don’t have a pastor, I want to be your pastor.  If you don’t have a church, we want to be your church.  We’d love to see you here on Sunday morning for worship.  I just want to be sure you know that you are welcome in our sanctuary, and not just in our fellowship hall.”Little things like this can make an enormous difference.  As I said Sunday in the sermon, I want this to be a church with doors wide open to everyone, absolutely everyone, and especially those for whom life is a struggle right now.I’ll be in Portland this week attending more continuing education classes, but I’ll be back Sunday and I’ll look forward to seeing you then.In Christ, Pastor John Watts