Wandering Down a Crooked Road

March 6, 2017

Once again, we started the day catching a train in Coventry to Milton Keynes.

Helen and Robert Wordsworth met us at the station and drove Katora Campbell, Katie and me to Farnham. I still have not become comfortable with driving on the left side of the road, but Robert was an excellent driver so the ride was enjoyable. The countryside was beautiful! We drove past Windsor Castle and the fields where the queen enjoys horseback riding.

The University for Creative Arts was our destination. Katie and I met her professor for a tour of the school while the others enjoyed exploring the shops in Farnham. (Katora enjoyed her first British scone with cream and jam and as always the tea was delicious.)

The school's labs and facilities included glass, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, everything imaginable including bronze casting. It was fascinating watching the excitement of possibilities brighten their faces as Katie and her professor talked about opportunities and options. This must be how w...

March 5, 2017

Katie and I were guests of parish nurse Lesley Austin of Queens Road Baptist Church, Coventry. Lesley picked us up in her car and of course Katie and I both walked to the right side to get in... we all had a laugh when we realized that the driver sits on the right! It was a mind-bender because they drive on the left in the U.K. I felt like I was on the wrong side of the car on the wrong side of the road!

Lesley is a good driver, and pointed out sights of interest along the way. Coventry was bombed during World War II, but the church survived. It is very lovely and we felt welcomed.

Lesley and I went up during the service so that I could extend greetings on behalf of the Westberg Institute and all of our faith community nurse colleagues worldwide. It is always fun to visit other parish nurses and be reminded that we all serve God in our communities and congregations in a way that impacts the entire world. I am honored to be a faith community nurse to faith community nurses worldwide!

March 3, 2017

Thursday and Friday March 2-3, 2017

The first International Westberg Symposium on the Road brings me to Coventry, UK. As the guest of Reverend Dr. Helen Wordsworth, founder and Director of Parish Nursing Ministries UK.

Dr. Katora Campbell, Director of the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, Katie Ruth Hinton, our resident artist and assistant, and I flew from Memphis, TN to Atlanta, GA, then to Amsterdam, and then to Birmingham, UK. Helen met us at the airport and skillfully navigated us onto a train, luggage in tow, then into a taxi for a short ride to the Ibis Coventry Hotel. Helen turned our unfamiliarity with train travel into a fun time and helped Katie and I to be brave enough to try it on our own tomorrow.

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Dr. Sharon T. Hinton

Dr. Sharon T. Hinton is a published writer, expert in Faith Community Nursing, and international speaker with a love for adventure. 

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