The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.


I'm drinking a dirty chai in a cozy cafe just yards from the shore of Lake Tahoe. I just ate the best croissant of recent memory?

It's just past 7am. Yeah, you read that right.

I'm on retreat with my LEVNeers, after a whirlwind of UCD Welcome Week, and travel to Chicago and Salt Lake City. I'm not 100% sure where I am, again, yet.

It's nice to just sit here. I walked about five minutes from camp in the 37-degree morning, which was as excellent as I imagined. So fresh, cool, calm, and quiet. I woke up before the sun and headed out the door in the brightening dawn. It's been quite some time since I've had that opportunity.

I've been working hard and playing hard for several months now, and have technically been on three retreats in that time, but this is the first one that actually feels like I'm on retreat. Yes, I'm "at work" technically.

But there's a crackling fire in the grate, and sunlight peeking through pines, and quiet.

How long, O Lord?