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From the Editor - January/February 2019

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Steven Kiesling at Trinity
Just after our 20th Anniversary issue came off the press, I traveled by plane, train, and automobile to the Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall, Connecticut, where this magazine was first imagined. The retreat was my idea, which came to me because I was out of ideas. What to do for the next 20 years? I hadn’t a clue. But I knew my old boss, Bob Scott, now director of faith development at Trinity Church Wall Street, could figure out a structure for a gathering and find funds to make it happen. I also knew that Dede Taylor, who had been Trinity’s director of communications, could pull it together. We’d gather the magazine’s original launch team as well as a new group of deep thinkers to imagine future scenarios for S&H. Otherwise, this issue might have remained a blank slate.  I love the Retreat Center. It’s on a beautiful bend in the Housatonic River situated between my two religions (downstream from some spectacular rapids where I have kayaked and upstream from the calm waters where I became an oarsman). At the entrance to the retreat, which has been lovingly renovated over the last few years, …

Stephen Kiesling is a former Olympic rower, cocreator of the Nike Cross Training System, and editor at large of Spirituality & Health. A 35th anniversary edition of The Shell Game: Reflections on Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence has just been published.

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