Daily Archives: July 1, 2010

One of the great things about going to conferences is that you get to see old friends. Conferences may be professional gatherings, but also they are family reunions.

I have seen so many family members in Acapulco–ranging from “immediate family” to “distant cousins.” All are family. They include: former Richmond folks (Brenda & Lee, Laura & Fern, Arthur Runyan, Dwayne Johnson);  master’s and doctoral degree friends, and MCC training colleagues and staff (current and former); Virginia colleagues and friends; and MCC New York friends, too. And former and current elders.

Noah, Millie, & Pat

All this brings great joy, even though I end up staying up too late and getting up too early just to have time with them. Of course, no matter how hard I try, I will not get enough time with everyone. But each reunion is a joy.

And of course, I meet new family members, too–Joseph from Kenya comes to mind.

I have a picture that captures all that joy.

Rev. Pat Bumgartner, Pastor of MCC New York, and her partner, Mary Jane, have a small black poodle, Lillie, whom they bring to every MCC event. I took a picture of Rev. Pat, Lillie, and dear MCC New York friend, Noah Seaton, as we left a meeting together. Noah, whose given name was Nancy, and whom I knew as “Buddy” in New York, is now Noah. This picture captures for me the love shared by Pat and Lillie, and the glorious self-actualization Noah and God have achieved.

Oh, such a family! Such joy! And in a couple of days, I will be with my “home folks,” back in the bosom of MCC Richmond (and Jonathan and Cocoa!). God IS good. All the time.