The evening gig for the Until We Meet Again Tour took place at the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York where the Presbytery of New York City gathered to say farewell to Andy James. Andy will leave for a call as presbytery staff in New Hope Presbytery serving as their Associate for Small Church Ministry and Technology. He had served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone and the Stated Clerk of New York City Presbytery.
Andy invited me to speak at Whitesone as one of the first stops on the Welcome to New York City tour. He also involved the staff and interns of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in Whitestone’s witness and work to end violence against women and girls. On the weekend when that initiative began, Ryan Smith spoke at the first event, and Jamie Tan and I attended a worship and witness in a nearby park.
Andy is a friend. He will be missed in the Presbytery of New York City. But our paths will cross in the days to come.
Thank you for your ministry, Andy. Godspeed on your new tour and in your new service.
Inspired by an idea for a present, the Until We Meet Again Tour made a quick trip to the United Nations gift shop, pausing to check out the view along the way.
The Until We Meet Again Tour spent a good portion of the day cleaning the Shire. A good workout involving the treadmill and a workout designed by NK Body Philosophy took place.
But the highlight of the day involved brunch at Community Food and Juice with my dear friends Nicole Kung and Desi Aldorando. Among the many people I will miss when I leave New York, I suspect that Nikki and Desi are among the friends I will miss the most. And they are among the friends I will figure out how to meet again.
The Until We Meet Again Tour returned to New York, after what is likely to be its final trip from the city until the ultimate departure on 8 September.
The tour went to supper with Jamie Tan at Franchia Vegan Cafe. It’s great fun to hang out with Jamie; she always finds healthy places, with good food, to eat. And we eat healthy(ish) until we spotted the blueberry coconut cake on the dessert menu.
As good as the food was, Jamie’s company was better.
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The Until We Meet Again Tour had always planned a trip to the Hudson River to take photos at sunset. Tonight I walked to Harlem Piers for that purpose. The weather had other ideas. The storm rolled in as I arrived. I beat a hasty retreat, spent a few minutes huddled with some others under an awning, and did not get too wet.
But another trip appears in order.
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The Until We Meet Again Tour took part in the Racial Ethnic Leadership Institute as part of my new work as Coordinator for Leadership Development, Racial Justice, and Networking.
We stayed in Detroit and met at Windsor University in Canada. On 17 August, we went for dinner in downtown Windsor. June Lorenzo and I did some exploring. We were pleased to see these signs in a number of stores.
Today’s Until We Meet Again Tour involved me staying at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. My friend Hazel came to see me with dinner and a painting she had made. Thunderstorms had begun wandering through the city in the evening. While they did not cut much of the heat and humidity, the storms did make me wary and the painting remains at my office until it can be brought home without concern for its safety.