Gospel Blind Spots - June 2012
by Emma Crossen
I was frustrated. The office retreat lasted three days, twice as long as necessary. Because the diverse staff spoke different languages, the retreat leaders translated every comment into English and Urdu. Getting through the agenda took a long time.
This was in Hyderabad, India, where I worked as an ELCA volunteer at the Henry Martyn Institute, an international center for interfaith relations and conflict resolution. The staff retreat came mid-way through my eight-month stay. I was accustomed to hearing multiple languages every day. That’s the norm in India. Even so, the translation demands of the office retreat were too much for me. In three days, we accomplished one-and-a-half days of progress.
Or, so I thought until I took a second look.