The Rev. Aaron Zimmerman, rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, was up for a sabbatical final summer season after six years with the church however opted to defer it till completion of the church’s new parish corridor and welcome heart.
That delayed sabbatical turned considerably amplified a number of months in the past when his church was considered one of 140 nationwide tapped to obtain a $50,000 Clergy Renewal Grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. The grants have a psychological well being objective in thoughts: serving to clergy recharge their spirits for church and group service.
“Ministry is a 24-7 job. It’s at all times type of with you and it entails your loved ones in ways in which different jobs don’t,” Zimmerman stated.
Sabbaticals additionally present a chance for church renewal with ministerial associates and different leaders from the congregation stepping ahead to proceed a pastor’s work.
Zimmerman plans to make use of the grant for an eight-week go to to Europe this summer season along with his spouse, Andrea, and their teenage youngsters, Abigail, Athan and August. The journey will embrace visits to France, England, Scotland, Sweden, the place he grew up because the son of an American diplomat, and to his church’s namesake, St. Albans, close to London, England.
The journey additionally encompasses private time with Zimmerman upgrading his common spirit-restoring runs on Cameron Park hills to a seven-day, 100-mile run within the Alps, a problem he has been coaching for over the previous few months.