I will be bidding you all farewell shortly. My partner and I are taking a year out of our lives and living in community at Holden Village (www.holdenvillage.org
), a Luteran-affiliated retreat center and intentional community high in the Norh Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Holden is a place of renewal and a place apart -- it is surrounded by high alpine peaks is on the border of the Glacier Peak wilderness area, and is off-grid (no internet, phone, TV, etc ... a boat is required to get there ... ) so I won't be posting here much, except when I am out of the village. I don't find it particularly un-likely that some of you know about Holden and may even find yourselves there this year. If so, look me up, or just stand in the middle of the village and yell out my name. Either I, or my partner (who is also named Matt) will probably hear you. For those who don't know Holden, it is a wonderful Christ-centered place of refuge and challenge for all, and that includes GLBT people.
So, goodbye for now (I'll be leaving in a few days) -- it has been a great experience for me to connect with this online community and all of the great people here, and I wish you all the best until I return.