In both a recent interview published in CONNECTING POINT (Autumn 2009) and a story posted on the SMM oblate blog/facebook (October 2009) I discussed my business trip to Nigeria this summer, during which I spoke to Nigerian business executives and attorneys about corporate criminal laws in the U.S. My reflections on this trip brought to mind something Richard Rohr observed about “liminal experiences,” that is, those events that tend to induce a type of “inner crisis to help us make a needed transformation”–sort of a displacement in hope of a new point of view. Though these events are often difficult and dramatic (birth of a child, death of a loved one, an addiction intervention), Rohr notes that they don’t always have to be. For example, he states that “a visit to another culture can jar us awake, if it is truly a visit to another culture. If we go and stay at an American hotel, eat at McDonald’s, and complain because things are not like they are in Chicago, we haven’t really left home. We have to see that others don’t see things the way we do. We need to have our fundamental assumptions questioned… No wonder Jesus called it turning around.” I’m still not certain that my Nigerian trip, fascinating and challenging as it was, had that effect on me–after all, I stayed in a Hilton Inn, without question the poshest hotel in the country–but I would be interested in hearing about liminal experiences SMM oblate blog readers may have had in foreign lands.