August 28, 2020
It has been a great summer at Cathedral Ridge! While quieter than usual without youth camps and parish retreats, individuals and families embraced our invitation to rest and refresh at our cottages and campsites. In addition to enjoying the hiking and natural beauty of God’s creation, guests tell us they especially appreciate having pre-prepped meals that are packed in their refrigerator upon arrival. It turns out people are not only eager for a different setting, but also hungry for someone else to cook for a few days.
Personally, it’s been a real gift to porch-sit and connect with clergy and lay leaders across Colorado this summer. While I grieve the larger gatherings that could not happen, I am also aware that many experienced the gift of this thin place for the first time or in a new way. In a pandemic season marked by anxiety and unrest, Cathedral Ridge has become a place of sanctuary and sabbath rest. I hope you take a moment to read more about our Reimagining Hospitality in the latest Colorado Episcopalian.
Three partnership opportunities emerged that have been a joy. The High Plains Region and St. John’s Cathedral helped us mail camper care packages to clergy kids and youth campers. S’mores packs, butterfly seed gardens, and crafts were just a few of the favorite things to show how much we missed them this summer and can’t wait to see them again.
The Office of Faith Formation had organized a pilgrimage to walk a portion of the Camino de Santiago this fall. Instead of cancelling, they pivoted to create a Hybrid Camino, inviting people to walk wherever they lived. The group doubled in size (and I joined too), walking individually and gathering regularly online. Many pilgrims chose to walk a portion of their journey with Cathedral Ridge as their homebase. In mapping out area trails, I discovered a handful of new favorites to share with future guests.
We are also hosting the new cohort of the ‘20-21 Colorado Episcopal Service Corps as they quarantine for two weeks to safely form their household. As a service project, they helped install a beautiful Baltic wheel labyrinth at Aspen Chapel. I’m so appreciative to the Revs. Vanessa Glass and Terri Hobart who guided the project. The labyrinth is a wonderful new addition for prayer and reflection.
Looking ahead, we will continue to offer our cottage hospitality. If you or someone you know needs to come away for a while, we invite you to retreat with us. We have also reopened Lupine Lodge at a reduced capacity to receive guests as well, both individual households and small groups. Our safety plan allows for hosting gatherings of up to sixteen people and includes take-out style meals served on our new dining hall patio. Fall is a beautiful time to visit with cooler weather, golden aspens, and a new menu full of comfort food.
Thank you for your prayers, your encouragement, and financial support in this season. I am grateful,