The purpose of my time away was to become certified trainer in Our Whole Lives sexuality education curriculum, developed by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association in the States.
After lengthy engagement with, and review of, the material, it was decided that it wasn't quite right for the United Church of Canada in its current form. Too much work was needed to address the inherent assumptions of nuclear families and who was and wasn't included in the curriculum. Also the sense that we were "buying into the franchise" was off-putting.
Not to say that it was a waste of time, because I met some fabulous people, learned a lot and experienced much in a context of positive energy and momentum. It is a time yet of imagining and visioning and seeing what might be. Just not as soon as was hoped.
Concluding our time with some chunky milk and honey, we went our separate ways and I was very glad to be home; even if Kai has an ear infection.