Family Joy

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.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

One thought on “Family Joy”

  1. Glad you are having such a good time! Have a great 4th!!!!! Safe travels home! Remember to call me when April and I win the Olivia cruise hahahaha! 🙂

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