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In December 2003, I met with the MFC [Ministerial Fellowship Committee] in Berkeley, CA. Like you, I had
spent many, many weeks compiling my packet, completing the reading list, and,
frankly, worrying about how I would do at my interview.
I confess to several restless nights, heart palpitations and sweaty palms as
the big day approached. On the day of the interview I scheduled some diverting
activities in the morning, lunch with my husband and a good friend, and half an
hour of quiet meditation just before going in. In that quiet I acknowledged to
myself that everything I had done until that moment was preparation for the
interview I was about to have. Indeed, all my life was preparation for my
vocation. I was already a minister. Now, I told myself, I’m going to meet my
colleagues and engage with them about the ideas, history and questions that are
central to my work and life now. (My palms were still quite damp.)
After the interview I reflected on how truly valuable the entire candidating
process had been. It had been an opportunity for me to delve deeply into my
personal history, spiritual development, theology, call, and hope for my
ministry and my chosen faith. All this work had been my privilege. If only I had
had such a positive attitude during all that reading and writing! I share this
wisdom-in-retrospect in the hope that you may begin reminding yourself—now—that
you are engaged in the process of your formation, and to embrace it as
such with gratitude.
Enough preaching. Allow me to share some reflections that may be of help as
you prepare for your important interview with the MFC.
May your journey toward ministry be one of self-discovery and joy, and
may you long serve truth and justice in love,
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