It has been a long time since I've come here to play. In fact, I think this may be the first time since last summer. Whenever I came for a seminary weekend, I'd add a few extra delightful days to the stay to visit with friends, see a museum, attend a show, walk, reflect, enjoy a park, write…. I owe my friend Harry a huge debt of gratitude for having generously invited me to stay with him while I was here.
A year ago this week, I was ordained as an interfaith minister and graduated from seminary at majestic Riverside Church. I'm happy to be able to come back to attend graduation as an already ordained minister and to participate in graduation for several of my friends who are taking that huge step this year. As I do, I'll be rejoicing over an amazing year in which I've felt fortunate to feel I 've been making a difference in the lives of community members at Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill. Being in a One Spirit Interfaith Seminary class was awesome, and being a graduate is equally amazing.
I will feel proud to wear my ministerial robes (Nancy calls it “wearing drag;”)
As I was riding in the car from LaGuardia Airport toward the majestic buildings of Manhattan, I felt joy in my spirit to be here again. It's a place that's been a magical adventure all my life, from the stories my relatives told of visiting the New York World's Fair in 1939, the year I was born, to the moment of my graduation the first Sunday in June of 2012. Although I grew up on the widest fringe of New York influence, in Rhode Island, New York always called to me. When Ellen and I got together in 1999, I was thrilled that she was a New Yorker, and loved the time we spent together in her beautiful loft in her home town. It was then that I adopted New York as my home town, as well.
This week, I plan to do all the things I enjoyed doing while I was in seminary — as I honor the first anniversary of my ordination in prayer and reflection as well as gourmandise and fellowship. It's a fantastic combination of ways to celebrate!