OT: A wonderful day for me

Emma Comerford emmaco at tpg.com.au
Tue Dec 14 04:55:31 EST 2004


Wow, that's wonderful Widdy! An early Christmas present for you!

Emma

Quoting Ian Riddell <iwriddell at charter.net>:

> I hope you're all ok with this. I wanted to share a wonderful event  
> from yesterday. I originally wrote this for my Unitarian Universalist  
> Musician's Network e-mail list . . .
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> >
> > I'm not one to blow my own horn or crow a lot . . . but I wanted to  
> > share with you a positive "music in our congregations" story . . .
> >
> > Yesterday, during our regular Sunday services, my congregation  
> > "installed" me as Director of Music Ministry. Up to this point, I'd  
> > been referred to as Director of Music, but in conversations with our  
> > new minister and various board members over the past months it became  
> > clear that I saw this more as a calling than as a job.  I don't feel  
> > like I'm a musician who's doing church work - I'm a church musician.  
> > And so the minister and board decided to invest me with the role of  
> > religious leadership in our congregation.
> >
> > I was adamant that I not be called "Minister of Music". I'm not a  
> > minister. Over the past years we've moved from calling it our Music  
> > Program to calling it our Music Ministry. And so I am now called  
> > Director of Music Ministry.
> >
> > I'm deeply honored by this. The congregation presented me with a  
> > gorgeous Guatemalan "Tree of Life" stole and my adult choir (sneaky  
> > devils) rewrote and performed one of my short introits as a gift to  
> > me.
> >
> > I've been deeply moved and enriched since I became a member of the  
> > James Reeb community. And I'm incredibly proud to take on this new  
> > "title".
> >
> > Take care all
> >
> > widdy
> > ----------
> > Ian W. Riddell
> > Director of Music Ministry, James Reeb UU Congregation
> > Artistic Director, Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus
> > Madison, WI
> > iwriddell at charter.net
> >
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> --
> Eight blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work,  
> pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce  
> without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice,  
> politics without principle, and rights without responsibilities.
> Mahatma and Arun Gandhi
>                                   
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
> --
> 
> Ian W. Riddell
> iwriddell at charter.net
> 


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