Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch…

I’m sorry to be absent from the blog for a bit. Gary and I were away leading a retreat last week for an amazing group of folks who were recently commissioned as ministers in the Florida United Methodist Conference. I took some desperately needed Sabbath time over the weekend and am spending this week on some things that need my attention as my new book nears its publication date, including finishing a website that will accompany the book (and will include a blog—another way to connect with you!).

So—know that I am missing being more present to you here but have been pondering the gospel lections with you in absentia, looking longingly at the drafting table and imagining what I would create and write if I could just fashion a few more hours in the day. I look forward to returning here in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, I’m thrilled that the new book, In the Sanctuary of Women, will be available on October 1. It’s already available for pre-order online at such places as Amazon and Upper Room Books. I would love for you to stop by and check it out! I am excited about offering this not only as a book for personal reflection but also as a resource to foster conversation and community, whether in established groups such as book groups or study groups, or in informal conversations with friends or family members. I created In the Sanctuary of Women out of the understanding that a book can offer a place of sanctuary for our souls, and with the hope that it will invite readers to think about where we find sanctuary, and where we are called to create sanctuary with and for others.

On another note, I’ve taken the plunge and set up a Twitter account recently; if you’re on Twitter, I’d be pleased to connect with you in this way. You can find me at or by clicking the Twitter icon in this blog’s sidebar.

Sending much gratitude and many blessings your way in these days!

5 Responses to “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch…”

  1. Maureen Says:

    Just signed on to follow you on Twitter, Jan.

    Looking forward to seeing the new Website. I’ll be delighted to plug it on my blog.

  2. Kate Says:

    Hi Jan,

    I cannot wait to receive your book! My birthday gift to myself!

    Look forward to reading the book, viewing more of your posts, and your new website and blog.


  3. Melynne Says:

    I am so excited about your book! I pre-ordered it as soon as it was available. Many blessings to you and Gary!

  4. Barb Gwynn Says:

    Hello Jan,
    I have been looking over notes and photos from Liturgical Arts Week at the Guild. I consider the whole week to have been an experience of thin space. Thank you for the many ways that you provided direction and depth to that time.

    All of this is to a final complete an independent study I launched from the Guild experience. It’s been good to read more of L’Engle, Bruggemann, your work, Janice Elsheimer & Gertrude Nelson. Looking forward to your next one!

    I’m into my Internship now. I have had a good start. Art has diminished for the time, while I adjust to all that is new. I decided that checking web for favorite Guild teachers will keep creativity alive for the time!

    God’s peace for what ‘is’,

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