BLOG: VOICES FROM CEDAR LANE
It's hard to describe what I'm feeling right now. Endings and beginnings both have their challenges. When they all come at the same time, I often just sit back in awe of the universe.
On Monday night, I completed my final assignment for seminary. On Tuesday, I attended the final class period. On Wednesday, I met Rev. Dr. William Barber in a powerful public witness for Dona Rosa and Cedar Lane as a Sanctuary Congregation. On Thursday, my parents and I are attending a graduation chapel service and meal at Wesley Theological Seminary. And on Monday, I will walk across the commencement stage at the Washington National Cathedral (stay tuned for a link to livestream or watch a recording online).
Wow! As I look back over the past 3 years, it feels like it has all happened in the blink of an eye. Wasn't it just yesterday that I quite my full time job to attend seminary full time? Wasn't it just yesterday that I met you all at Cedar Lane?
Many of you may be wondering what's next for me. I will finish my time here at Cedar Lane on June 16 (mark your calendars for my final sermon). For those of you attending the UUA General Assembly in Spokane, WA, I will see you there! Beyond that, I will be preparing for the next big chapter in my life.
I have accepted a chaplain residency position at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. It begins on August 12, 2019 and will conclude the following August. Upon completing this residency, I will be eligible for Board Certified Chaplaincy.
Christiana Hospital is a large hospital with more than 900 beds, a Level I trauma center, a Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit, and a strong department of chaplains for pastoral care. It became clear to me during my interview that the pastoral care department is heavily supported by the institution itself and that pastoral care is integrated into the holistic healthcare of the patients and families. I am excited for this new opportunity and will be relocating to Newark in August.
During the summer and over the course of my residency, I will be preparing myself to sit before the Ministerial Fellowship Committee so I can be approved for ordination. I do not yet have a date for that interview, but expect it to be in 2020.
Thank you for your prayers, good vibes, words of encouragement, and warm embrace!