Bishop Williams (retiring Bishop Suffragan)

Bishop Williams (retiring Bishop Suffragan) was here yesterday and took Deon, Lisa, and I out for dinner. It was, of course, his last episcopal visit of checking up on seminarians. Great meal – can’t remember the name of the restaurant, but it is French located on 8th between 20th and 19th. Good food – way too much food! I’m sad to see him go. He has been my oversight for this whole process and I have grown to greatly respect him. The man has been through a whole lot of things – he was denied permission by his Bishop in a New England state when he first approached him for approval to seek ordination because the Bishop didn’t think a black man could be employed. Even with the Episcopal Church’s long-standing policy and practice for ordaining black people in this country, even in New England, the Bishop wouldn’t approve him. Yet, despite the bigotry and probably because of it, he is highly effective and sensitive to issues of justice and has an understanding of doubt that is wonderful.
Ashton is off to St. Martin with his mother and John. A yearly trek for him, but this time with John. They’ve been trying to do this for 15 years now, since they became friends in high school. He is so thrilled! I’m thrilled for him! I can’t wait until he gets back! 🙂
Only one more week of classes. Reading week. Finals week, and then I’m through until the end of January. This semester has flown by, and I can hardly believe I’ve been here this long. And, what changes!
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