In the early 1980s when I began my ministry as a Christian educator, I “met” Verna Dozier in an article published in SHARE, a quarterly publication of essays distributed by JED (Joint Educational Development) of which the Episcopal Church participated. It was during those years that the Episcopal Church regularly sent free materials to all Episcopal churches. Lucky for me I found the packets of shelved envelopes of articles in the back of a Sunday school closet that hadn’t seen the light of day in a long time. In one of those articles, “Affirmations of a Christian Educator” my vocation was just that – affirmed – by Ms. Dozier in the opening section:Continue reading Have You Met Verna Dozier?
It’s the Eve of the Feast of the Epiphany – the Magi have been following that new, strange, bright light in the sky and they reach their destination at the foot of the Christ child after a long journey. Although not quite the same, we’ve been on a journey recently too – Christmas was twelve days ago and 2014 is almost a week old now.
I still have a few Christmas decorations up, but the tree is down and the needles vacuumed away. It’s a cold and icy Sunday afternoon, with football on the TV and Chobe curled at my feet. While I resumed work after the holidays last week, tomorrow begins the new year in full force as most folks will be back to the usual pre-holiday schedule . . . work, school, setting the alarm clock. Continue reading A New Year, A New Look, A New Beginning