Today I drove to Wilberforce, Ohio for a Payne Theological Seminary faculty meeting. It's four hours there, a three-hour meeting, and four hours back. We evaluated my Spiritual Formation M. Div. class, saw how it fits in to Payne's curriculum. took time for the full-time faculty to dialogue wiht me and ask questions. so it was important for me to be there. Plus, I really like being with thse talented people.
On the way there and back listened to about a third of a 7 1/2 audio cd series called The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman: A Visionary for Our Time, narrated by Vincent Harding and Alice Walker, with some of Thurman's sermons as he gave them. Thurman is a spiritual giant whose work has deeply influenced me. Thurman is deep, and speaks very slow and majestically.
I also brought the "Tree of Life" cd (I love it!), some of jazz pianist legend Bill Evans' tunes (like "Piece, Peace"), and Samuel Barber's lush, evocative "Adagio for Strings."
All this, with a cup of coffee. It was a nice, meditative road trip!