DON SKINNER spent the summer globe-hopping and church-salvaging. His local church, a small UCC congregation, verges on coronary arrest, and he’s been engaged in the ecclesiastical version of CPR. Don writes, “Sadly, the 800-pound gorilla in the room that no one wants to address is a pastor who arrived 16 years ago believing he was an interim. But the congregation thought they’d hired a new minister; and neither one ever clarified the relationship. Whether we survive remains to be seen. Check the next issue!” Don’s brother belongs to a dynamic Presbyterian congregation in Scottsdale, AZ, with a vibrant choir. Every three years those desiring to join in launch a week-long concert tour of a different country. The 2011 venue was Spain, so Don imposed himself on the pilgrims and sang along. It was just splendid. Don and his brother toured Scotland for a week before joining the choir in Spain. From cold, wet, and windy to hot, dry, and windy -- and Don loved them both.
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