I finally made time tonight to go through the photos from the farewell party as I left the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I planned to send photos to some of the individuals who attended.
I still plan to do that.
But a series of photos brought me up short.They showed the last time I talked with my friend Ted Hickman.
Since I cannot send the photo to Ted, I share it here.
And again I give thanks for his life and love and witness and friendship.
The photo reminds me that we never know when the last time we will see each other might be.
Because of that I give thanks for family and friends who bless my life as I remember Ted.
See you along the Trail.
23 August 2016
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations
New York, New York
The Until We Meet Again Tour played three venues today.
First the tour visited Kirsh Bakery and Kitchen for a conversation with Bob Brashear.
The second stop involved a wonderful, touching farewell party at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.
The evening gig included Tricia, son Sean, and nephews Adam and Bryan for dinner at Frankies 570 Spuntino.
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.
The Until We Meet Again Tour for today saw most of my time spent at the Shire packing, cleaning, and walking packages to the U.S. Post Office. The tour included finishing the appraisal for the final Princeton Theological Seminary field education student who served at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.
He was the 36th.
36 field education students, volunteers, and volunteer interns who worked at the ministry from 2011 through this summer when I left.
36 unique individuals.
Each with gifts and skills; each with challenges; each with faith and grace.
Each served Jesus Christ.
Each touched my life.
Each is remembered.
To each, I say thanks.
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.
The Until We Meet Again Tour involves visiting people and places. Preparations for the move play a role, particularly as the day of departure draws near, preparations that can take place inside in air conditioning. Packing of books, there are a lot of books, is among those preparations.