September 28, 2023

“Ten Years Ago”

On September 29, 2013, I was ordained by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. It’s amazing that it has been 10 years.

I’ve found myself revisiting the experience frequently this week. I’ve scanned through the pictures (see one below) and can still sense what an honor it was to be centered that day. I recall family, friends, and colleagues traveling for the event and meals and celebrations throughout the weekend. I found the order of service and vividly remember the rituals — the words, the music, the laying on of hands, and the presentation of the stole.

In the Unitarian Universalist tradition, it is after ordination that you begin using the title “Reverend” and may wear a stole. After five years of preparation, a threshold was crossed that day. It was a chance for me to offer gratitude to the many who had supported my journey toward ordination. It was a time when they formally assured me of their ongoing support.

In my sermon this coming Sunday, I will reflect on the commitments I made that Sunday afternoon 10 years ago, my learning along the way, and consider the many ways the commitments we each make guide our life’s journey.

It’s been a decade of learning, and of course the learning continues. It always will.

In memory and gratitude,

Rev. Sue