Lineage – December 2015

At this time of year, Rabbi Roger’s and my thoughts turn to gratitude, and how grateful we are for all our blessings, and for all of you who are in our hearts.
It was my joy to attend the AWAIC Conference (A World alliance of Interfaith Clergy) the weekend of November 13-15, Baltimore, MD, and to see how many of our former students were there, and to savor the continuing connection with them, as well as meeting new ministers from other seminaries. One of the most powerful events of the weekend for me was being there to witness the ordination of 11 new graduates from AIHT (American Institute Of Holistic Theology). I had an epiphany, and it was when Rev. Beverly Love acknowledged me at the beginning of the ceremony, as the Grandmother, the one who had ordained her in 2009, and here she was ordaining her own students. I realized that there was a lineage here: from Rabbi Joseph Gelberman, the Father of Interfaith who ordained Rabbi Roger and myself, to us ordaining our 10 years of classes at TNS, and our 4 graduating classes since then at NVIS, and now 2 of those students, Rev. Beverly and Rev. Grace Telesco have begun their own seminaries and are ordaining their own students.  So I am a grandmother… WOW! Thank you Rev.. Beverly and Rev. Grace!
Roger and I wish you all a very Happy and Blessed Holiday Season, and a peaceful and Happy New Year.

Blessings,

D.D.

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