We've arrived at the St. Francis Catholic Worker retreat house and already spent a few days with the Mahoneys. The area is beautiful and I like John and Polly. They seem committed and content in their work, and say they are open to some changes if Heather and I have new ideas.

And tonight we are going to meet the young folks of the "nameless church," a new community in Fredericksburg that I mentioned several months back. They're meeting at a bar around 9 to relax and discuss theology. And they've invited us to spend the night at their communal house, since Heather gets her yellow fever vaccination (for Africa) here in town in the morning.

I'm always a little intimidated by new people and new surroundings, but this seems like it may be the beginning of something good.