entering semi-sabbatical

I’ve finished my tenure at the longest job I’ve held to date, and ended an almost 6-year run with American Bible Society. (Grateful for the opportunity to participate with its mission to distribute the Word of God around the world and to provide for my family needs along the way. I’ll miss the good people.) Since aus_chick revealed it via her Xanga blog, thought it better for me to go on record than to let half-baked rumors abound. My good co-workers sent me off with a hibachi farewell lunch and photos courtesy of aus_chick. Now I’ll be working at 50% capacity and get a sabbatical for the other 50%. One thing I gave up by not working as a pastor is that paid sabbatical deal that many(?) pastors get.

I’ll be making a road trip up north past New York City to some place called Fishkill this weekend to join an Asian American Leadership Roundtable and to (ironically) teach a workshop about career choices. I’ll meet David Park and Peter Ong there for the first time face-to-face, along with Greg Jao, Anna Lee, Paul Tokunaga, Lisa Yu, and Glennis Lo. David, thanks in advance for flying up here to DC from Atlanta, and being my driving companion on the round trip. We’re leaving our laptops behind, so no liveblogging.

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  1. auschick says:

    Farewell! It’s been great working with you :-). I’m sure you’ll have some exciting things coming up on your left 😉

  2. congrats on this new adventure!

  3. Reyes-Chow says:

    DJ . . . hope the transtion goes well. Bummed to miss the impromptu Asian Am emergent gathering 😉

  4. rudy says:

    thanks for sharing, as i was about to blog some rumors about you… and i pray you get some great rest as you consider some next steps

  5. L.L. Barkat says:

    Just wanted to say I enjoyed your post over on Jesus Creed…very honest, fresh…

    So, I came here and was pleasantly surprised to see you are (were?) a fellow New Yorker… I’m on the Hudson, on the way up to Fishkill… two wonderful friends of mine used to work for the ABS (before your tenure)… anyhow, it amazes me sometimes to see the little connections people have with each other!