Deep breaths.

So, it’s been a rather intense week for the country. Luckily for ESC-MD, we’ve had the opportunity to escape the noise for a few days and head west to Bishop Claggett Center for our Fall Retreat. Here we’ve met up with our cohorts from Washington, D.C. and New York City (spoiler alert: they’re really cool) to study how call and vocation relate to the role money plays in our lives. I won’t lie, after the last few days, it’s been very nice to inhabit a space that isn’t quite as chaotic as living in the heart of Baltimore can be.

Talking to our peers, I have seen that a lot of us are overwhelmed, frustrated, and nervous at everything that’s going on in our country and in our world. It’s difficult not to be. As young adult activists and social servants, our futures have suddenly become a lot less certain. As we take these few days to reflect, it is my hope that we can clear out some of the mental and emotional baggage from the past few weeks and months, and return to our cities fully present and ready for whatever the future has in store for us.

Anyway, Lynnea will be posting a photo blog with much nicer photos from the weekend, but I thought I’d share a few quick snaps I’ve taken over the last few days as well!

Because two Whitneys are better than one.

Because two Whitneys are better than one.

 

It's like, really pretty here.

It’s like, really pretty here.

Really, really pretty.

Really, really pretty.

On Friday afternoon we took a walk together to the slave graveyard, the final stop on the Trail of Souls.

On Friday afternoon we took a walk together to the slave graveyard, the final stop on the Trail of Souls.

We found Bishop Sutton!

We found Bishop Sutton!

Is this place even real?

This is pretty on-brand for us.

This is pretty on-brand for us.