Yes, well, it’s been rather a while since I’ve posted. My apologies to those of you who are “regular” readers. The semester, not to put too fine a point on it, kicked me in the tuchus. There’s still one week of it left, but the end is in sight.
What else is very much in sight is the position I begin tomorrow as the Interim Coordinator of Pastoral Care at All Souls Church, Unitarian, in DC. Our minister of pastoral care and lay leadership left at the end of November, and we will be hiring a new minister by the end of the summer, maybe sooner. In the meantime, though, people get sick, have babies, die, get married, or just need to talk with someone at the church. So I’ll be there for them. It is not a minister’s position–given that I’m only halfway through seminary, that would be totally inappropriate; it is, rather, a way for us to manage pastoral care for the congregation while conducting a reasonable search in the meantime. Anyway, I’m SO excited. It’s going to be great experience for me, and a way for me to help the congregation, all at once!
In other news — did I tell you this already — my Career Assessment report came out beautifully. I mean, I’m far from a “perfect” human — no issues, no crazy history, no whacked-out family stuff — but if I were, I reckon I’d be a Stepford Wife, no? What I learned is that my understanding of myself pretty well matches the understanding of the professionals who worked with me, given all the data they had at hand and the conversations we shared. I learned some other things in the process, but it wasn’t the earth-shattering, OH NO, experience that I understand some folks have.
So now it’s on to RSCC stuff. I’ve written one mini-essay, and have another one to do. Once I’ve let go of them (which needs to be soon, since they’re due on the 9th of January), I’ll post them here so y’all can see what I’m claiming to be about these days. At least I’ll post the first one –What Excites You About UU Ministry? It was fun to write. I come off sounding like some kind of deranged ministerial cheerleader. But, well, if the shoe fits….
Blessings of the Turning Year to everyone, no matter how or whether you celebrate.