Greetings from San Damiano Retreat center in Danville, California. I am here for a pre-retirement seminar with the California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. This is a Franciscan center, and the interior courtyard is beautiful. However, we spent yesterday inside learning about personal financial matters.
It is good to see old colleagues from the conference. Somehow we all look different after all these years. There is one fellow here that I remember from student orientation when I began seminary! He is currently serving the last church to which I was assigned in California.
We meet again this morning and conclude with lunch.
There is still some green on the foothills where San Damiano is located, and live oaks provide texture.