Contributor: Peter Ilgenfritz

The Rev. Peter Ilgenfritz was pastor and member of the leadership staff team at University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle. The author of Setting Sail: A Collection of Poems,he offers coaching, consultation, sailing retreats and workshops through his ministry Navigating Through Change. You can connect with him at

Finding New Life by Sailing into the Void

As the sailboat continued to rise about the white capped waves, I gripped the side and leaned back as far as I dared trying to drive the boat down flat on the water. My feet slipped on wet floorboards and someone yelled, his voice constricted into a high-pitched squeak, “We’re going over!” I recognized that voice: It was mine. Wide-eyed and heart pounding,... Read more