Not a great picture, but whatever. It's of my friend, newly THE REVEREND Cassie Wolfe, and me at her ordination tonight. It was my privilege to lead the reaffirmation of baptismal vows and to anoint Cassie, who has spent ten years getting to this wonderful evening.
Cassie and I met during our summer clinical chaplaincy education at The Cleveland Clinic, and spent the next summer together in Pittsburgh taking intensive Hebrew. We've spent a lot of late evenings engaged in the sort of deep conversation that you think you left behind in college. It's incredible that new such friendships built upon deep commitments to unexpected calls remain available to us in midlife. (OK, so maybe I'm stretching the definition of midlife.)
(And just to be clear, we also spent a lot of time singing silly Hebrew alphabet songs and making up ridiculous mnemonic devices designed to help us remember vocabulary words.)
Anyway, it was a wonderful evening. I'm so proud to call this gifted, determined, beautiful woman my friend and sister.
And hey ~ look at those red stoles!