Processing into Church
This past week, I have meditated on how I got to this point in my journey. I remembered the discussions, as I child, with Sister Superior. She had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I told her a priest. She said girls can't become priests; however, I could become a bride of Jesus by going into the convent. No Way! I didn't want to be married to Jesus, I wanted to be one of his buddies. Clearly, I had a lot of problems when I voiced this to Sister.
Later in life, I continued to feel the calling to serve. I looked at various programs, degrees, opportunities. I did what I could, when I could but continued to feel that my calling was deeper.
As the years moved by, I became more articulate with what I believed and why. I knew, for instance, that we are all connected - all part of the great Cosmos. I also knew that Love is what brings us together and what joins us, each to the other.
When I finally found The New Seminary of Interfaith Studies, I had almost given up the thought of becoming an ordained minister. However, as I read their webpages, I realized that everything I had read, studied, discussed and written about had led me to this moment in time.
Receiving a blessing
So, what has changed since last Saturday's ordination. Only the title before my name. Everything else is as it was - I am still a mother/grandmother, writer, teacher, poet, and minister to all who cross my path.
I would like to share the vows I wrote for my ordination.
- To hold Love as the greatest Truth
- To see the Divine in all creatures and all of creation
- To recognize that all individuals follow their own path to Truth and Light
- To respect the various differences and great diversity of my brothers and sisters
- To perform my duties as minister without prejudice, harm or judgement.
Newly ordained -
Reverend Linda and Roger