Alabama Bound!

As I prepare to relocate across the country to serve a congregation in Auburn, Alabama, I wanted to create a space to stay in touch with friends and family, and especially to reflect on experiences of being in a new (to me) place. This road trip marks the beginning of what I hope will be a several-years-long career in transitional ministry, moving every couple of years or so to serve a Unitarian Universalist congregation as it works through the tasks of adapting to changes in leadership. 

The blog name, "Taking off Shoes," is inspired by the Max Warren quote at the bottom of the page, epigraph for an essay on cultural borrowing in the UU World by the late Rev. Marjorie Bowens-Wheatly. The banner photo, taken by Wayne outside of the jumpy-house at our recent neighborhood block party, offers a sweet metaphorical frame for cultural humility in an unfamiliar context: we do our best to avoid injuring our fellow travelers as we hop and cavort and leap and learn how gravity operates with norms different from what we're used to.

Feel free to sing along!

Our first task in approaching another people, another culture is to take off our shoes, for the place we are approaching is holy. Else we find ourselves treading on another’s dream. More serious still, we may forget, that God was there before our arrival. ~Max Warren, British Missionary Statesman