Today I am finishing up my last day of orientation in Toronto. The actual sessions have been a mix of useful and boring, but generally helpful. It has also been wonderful to get to know these other folks. I expect many of us will continue to stay in touch and support each other as we go into new positions and new locations.
The most interesting event was a visit to an Ethiopian Orthodox Church. I have little experience with an Orthodox Church, much less one that believes it has the original Ark of the Covenant. It was good to see such a different expression of Christianity, including different sights, smells, and sounds than one would see in a Catholic or Protestant church. The synagogue we visited seemed more "normal" to me. Of course I have been to several synagogues before. The trip was a good reminder that we each have preconception of what church "should" be, and how important to be open to what it is.
Tomorrow I fly down to Chicago. I have the rest of the weekend off. After that it will be a day of training at church headquarters (insurances etc), and then on to the Missionary Conference.