As we creep towards the precipice of 2015 and make that leap, step, or quiet sleep into 2016, I thought I would write something on my long-neglected site.
I have been lucky enough to travel throughout the year all around this planet. I’ve shared wonderful times with friends and family. I’ve moved forward in so many ways on my path towards ministry, yet feel like I’ve just begun. And I have been lucky enough to share so much with my husband who both supports me and pushes me to keep going.
2015 has been an amazing year of change and continuation, here are my highlights:
- I rang in 2015 in Jerusalem as part of a Conflict Resolution class focusing on religious identities.
- I celebrated my 30th birthday on a cruise with one of my dearest friends Ryan and a whole group of our created family.
- I presented at the national NTEN conference in Austin, TX with the amazing Cary Walski about emotional intelligence in online fundraising.
- I celebrated one year of marriage and eight years of amazing relationship and adventure with Justin.
- I graduated from Hamline School of Business with a Master in Nonprofit Management Degree.
- I led a First Unitarian Society youth trip to Portland, OR for the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. I also became an Aspirant for UU Ministry.
- I began my new Master of Divinity program at Meadville Lombard Theological School with Tony Pinn’s African American Humanist Theology and met a group of amazing new friends/colleagues.
- I said goodbye to my aunt Barb after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
- I said yes to amazing and challenging new opportunities – my community studies site at the Salvation Army & creating programs with the MN Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance (MUUSJA).
- I attended my first Continental Gathering of UU Seminarians in Chicago, IL.
- I taught a class of graduate students about Humanist Morals & Ethics along with Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons at The Humanist Institute. (image is from my class at the Institute):
- I led my first full service on Christmas Eve at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis.
2016 is already shaping up to be full of adventure, promise, and challenge. I hope your new year is as well!