Yes, that’s a question I am hearing a great deal now that I’ve finally finished my program at Boston University School of Theology. It only took 3.5 years to complete a 2 year program! As a pastor I know once said, I took the “contemplative pace” My world has seen a whole lot since I posted last while in California. I had plenty of intentions to keep writing- I have a draft waiting to be finished on my “soul care” series. It’s a tough one because I think it’s the hardest aspect of self care for me personally, and I don’t want to post it sounding like a hypocrite. It’s coming, really!
Days after returning home from a trip to San Francisco, (a place I can’t wait to visit again) it was Patriots Day here in MA. I worked an early morning at the Y, and so was ready for a nap once I watched the finishes of the elite groups of the Marathon when I returned from work. I awoke from my nap shortly before 3pm. I’m sure you can all figure out the rest of the story. I will write more about it in an upcoming post. The range of emotions, thoughts and concerns for not only “my” city that week, but for the other tragedies taking place around the world still make me squirm. With so much buzz online, especially in the blogosphere, I was nervous to add to the noise. Now that I’ve seen what’s taken place in the weeks following that tragic day, I will have thoughts to contribute in time. Still processing I think.
Then, my last weeks of my time at BU STH arrived with classes, papers, evaluations, projects, and finally graduation came. The people of that community are amazing. I can’t imagine my life without having met some of the most amazing students, faculty and staff you’ll ever find there. Two amazing moments stand out to me from my final moments at STH. First, the last chapel of the year, where the graduates filled the center aisle as hands were laid upon us in prayer. Seeing the amazing cloud of witnesses all around me was astonishing I couldn’t contain the tears of gratitude. As so much in my life was in transition- that place and those people were a rock for me. On the day of our hooding ceremony, The faculty lined up in front of the graduates, but then lined the walls to cheer us on as we walked from STH to the Marsh Chapel. That was an unforgettable moment. It was so filled with love that I am grateful, but still here I am with a Master’s Degree sitting on my bookshelf in our home office, and I hear a lot of “NOW WHAT?” from everyone I come in contact with- even those closest to me who actually have an idea… It’s a pretty loaded question with some answers, and honestly, also more questions. I know that I am passionate about where God is leading the church I am serving at. First and foremost, I feel equipped to do the job I have in a better way. One of my biggest passions that have been stirred up in my heart through various experiences is being an advocate for others in student ministries. I am exploring ministry partnerships to help bring my voice to that conversation.
So I might not have super concrete answers to the frequent question of “Now What?”, but I know that God is carrying me along a unique journey and I’m excited to taking strides down this new phase in my life, using my story through all sorts of different experiences to help create new stories, and perhaps even have the honor of speaking into the stories of others- so stay tuned!