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Case study: June Tamburro


Where I was:

As an associate pastor of a mid-size church, I often found myself in a writing rut of sermons and weekly devotions. With the demands of my work, I rarely found time to explore other writing passions such as creative essays and poetry. I had begun to feel like writing was little more than survival of the fittest, something like a sprint to next Sunday’s deadline, when I met Brian Allain. Brian happened to be visiting my church one Sunday when I preached a sermon that included several Barbara Brown Taylor quotes and references. He mentioned that he was planning a writing conference where Taylor would be the keynote speaker. He had barely finished his sentence when I blurted out, “Sign me up!” That was the first of what would become an eagerly anticipated annual pilgrimage for me; a time to soak in the wisdom and knowledge of my favorite authors such as Taylor, Diana Butler Bass, Kathleen Norris, Anne Lamott and Philip Yancy, and to mingle with others like myself who simply find writing to be one of life’s greatest pleasures.

What I found:

For the past four years, I have arrived back home from the writing conferences feeling creatively recharged. The physical and mental rejuvenation always inspires me to set personal writing goals that push me outside of my vocational box, and to carve out more intentional time to hone my craft. The beauty of these times of renewal has been the unexpected growth even in my weekly sermon writing, which now feels fresher and more open to the creative promptings of the Spirit. I’ve already marked my calendar for next year’s Writing for Your Life conference in my area and have great expectations for continued learning and growing!

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