The Rev. Essie Koenig-Reinke celebrates communion at the service where she was ordained as a minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She was ordained by the Presbytery of Baltimore at Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church (DMPC).
If ever anyone was ready for ordained ministry (and most folks who reach that point are), Essie was. Her ministry at DMPC and beyond os a blessing.
Photo: 14 November 2021, Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, Maryland
Walking. Playing with Henrik. Native American Heritage Day Day of Mourning Thanksgiving The Prayer – Supaman For My People – Litefoot Wash Your Spirit Clean – Walela Calling the Spirit Back – Joy Harjo, feat. Rahim Alhaj Red Streaking into Water – R. Carlos Nakai Residential School Song – Cheryl Bear Missing You – Joanne Shenandoah Sagan’s Song – Nizhóní Girls Golden Feather – Robbie Robertson 500 Years – Annie Humphrey Sovereignty Song – Keali`i Reichel Remember – Indigenous Nightmares and the American Dream – Annie Humphrey Raye Zaragoza – Raya Zaragoza Native Child – Thunder Bird Sisters Children of the Blackfeet – Jack Gladstone The Art of Survival – Bill Miller NDN/Alien – Blackfire Odana – Mali Obomsawin Once an Eagle – Teagan Littlechief
Every year on this date, I find myself in mind and spirit and heart at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. With my father, I sit in the right field stands watching Game 7 of the 1960 World Series.
62 years ago today, my father took me out of school on Neville Island for the day. We travelled 11 miles or so to see the game, to see history.
Heavy underdogs, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Yankees when Bill Mazeroski hit a home run in the bottom of the 9th inning.
The memories of the day remain clear. But time has blurred the source, particularly in regard to the game. Some of it, I believe I still remember on my own; some is from remembering each year; some I remember from reading, seeing photos, and watching clips on TV (see below), and some is from watching the full game for the last ten years through the magic of film transferred to DVD.
Whatever the source, the memories remain of one of the most special days of my life.
Walking. Gym in the Apartment. This one is for my father. Today was his birthday. With its problems, this was his music. Except as otherwise noted, all the songs are by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic – one of his “favorite groups”. Scotland the Brave – The Isle of Cumbrae Pipe Band Semper Fidelis The Thunderer Washington Post Hands Across the Sea Under the Double Eagle Radetsky March, Op. 28 The National Emblem March of the Toreadors from Carmen Grand March from Aida Colonel Bogey Rakoczy March/Hungarian March from la Damnation de Faust, Op. 24 Coronation March from Le Prophete March from Symphonic Metamorphoses Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39 Light Cavalry Overture – London Festival Orchestra
Walking. Stretching. Eric & Essie’s Apartment. International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Sacco and Vanzetti Execution. Change Gonna Come – Otis Redding This Little Light of Mine – Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom – Charles Mingus Freedom Highway – Rhiannon Giddons Freedom Road – The Blind Boys of Alabama Freedom – Richie Havens Woke up This Morning with My Mind Stayed on Freedom – Congregation of Brown Chapel Go Down, Moses – Paul Robeson Get off the Track! – Anne Enslow & Ridley Enslow (feat. Jacqueline Schwab & Linda Russell) Slavery Days – Burning Spear Slave Driver – Our Native Daughters Steal Aawy – The Princely Players There Is a Balm in Gilead – The Florida A&M University Concert Choir Free at Last – Kim & Reggie Harris Oh Freedom – Mary D Williams Freedom Now – Sweet Honey in the Rock The Ballad of Sacco & Vanzetti – Joan Baez Sacco’s Letter to His Son – Magpie
Walking. 5K with Eric and Lucy. Glasgow Park Strength work Eric and Essie’s apartment. On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons No Need for Words – Sean Jones Home We’ll Go – Steve Aoki and Walk of the Earth A Night in Tunisia – Miles Davis Common Table – The Highwomen Whistle the Wind – Flogging Molly Take Me Home Country Roads – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole Good People – Jack Johnson A Love Supreme, Pt. 1: Acknowledgement – John Coltrane Sunshine Highway – Dropkick Murphys Young Wolves – Fire Crow Mumbles – Oscar Peterson Trio Birthday Party – AJR Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Roberto Clemente became my hero when I first saw him play. His commitment to justice and community involvement expanded my understanding of athletes and heroes. Feliz cumpleaños, Roberto. Te recuerdo.
Walking. North East, Maryland Take Me out to the Ball Game – Dr. John The Star-Spangled Banner – Branford Marsalis Roberto – Ismael Miranda Sueño Se Un Niño – Tito Allen Somos La Fuerza Latina – Andy Montañez & Ismael Miranda Roberto Y Tirabala – Andy Montañez Orgullo De Borinquen – Lefty Pérez Clemente (Estrella 21) – Edel Borrero Jugando La Pelota – Jesús “Chocolate” Coombs Jardonero Del Amor – Wichi Camacho Lo Mejor Que Dios Ha Hecho – Angel Ramírez Roberto Clemente – Bill Tiberio Band Roberto Clemente – Nelson Feliciano and His Orchestra (feat. Junior Cordova) Te Recuerdo – John McCutcheon
Walking. Chelsea with Henrik. Stretching. Sean’s apartment. International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples Tuva Kazhangnar – Tuva Folk Ensemble He Toa Takitini / Ka Tohia Atu Koe / Ki Okoiki – Maori People of New Zealand Ayoro Kotan – Matsuko Nakamoto Busigan – Las Golondrinas Viajeras Kantus De Apacheta – K’antu Ensemble Mahte Lemet Elle – Ole Larsen Gaino Sote Tulifurahia Kama Siku Ya Arusi – Hukwe Ubi Zawose Stick Game Song – Bad Canyon Wellpinit Singers Untitled – Indigenous Turkmen People Batara Guru – Gondang Sabangunan Ensemble Lelore – Wodaabe of Dakoro Mbumbusa – Honiata Musicians of Guadacanal Island Vinango – Villagers from Panueli, Island of Savo Son Sventa N’ahual San Lorenzo – Lol Gomez, Xun Perez, and Mariano Santis Hernandez Rashaida Dance – Indigenoius Rashaida People Nazirkhom – Raman Sawut & Osman Oskur No’ok-‘amor – Central Mekragnoti of Brazil Akuka – Tolai Musicians Koroghli – Ashiq Hasan Trio Danse Des Toka Nod – Kanak People of New Caledonia
Walking. Stretching. Gym in the Apartment. Home – Karla Bonoff Raise You Up / Just Be – Kinky Boots Original Broadway Cast Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond The Load-Out / Stay – Jackson Browne Calling All The Children Home – John McCutcheon Bright Path – Jack Gladstone O Little Town Of Bethlehem – The Roches I Hear A Symphony – Diana Ross & The Supremes Why We Tell the Story – Once on This Island Original Broadway Cast The President Sang Amazing Grace – Joan Baez Waltzing Matilda – Seona McDowell Finale – Come From Away Original Broadway Cast The City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie Whiskey & Sangria – Eileen Ivers Third Movement of the Violin Concerto by Aram Khachaturian, arranged for flute – Sean Koenig The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor Pata Pata 2000 – Miriam Makeba What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel