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i am emotionally and physically exhausted after a very long weekend. i arrived in knoxville late thursday night and was woken up at eight something in the morning by my friend taryn calling me to arrange what time i should be at the site to help set up for our friend beth's wedding. it was a 100+ degrees heat index all weekend and we worked our asses off. and of course the wedding was outside so most of the work had to be done outside. i swear i've never sweat so much in my entire life. despite the heat i'm really glad i did help out. it allowed me to see more of beth and it allowed me to spend a lot of time with taryn. taryn and beth were my best friends in high school and despite the fact that we don't talk as much as we'd like to these days we still have a really strong connection. i went to taryn's wedding a couple of years ago but didn't get to spend much time together. the whole wedding was awkward and fun at the same time. it was cool to reconnect with people i haven't seen in ages and it was incredibly weird trying to hang out with all of beth's friends from denver. i've never been very good at small talk so meeting new people is always strange for me. overall, though, i had a really great time. i even went back yesterday afternoon to help clean up and give beth one last hug as she and her hubby headed back to denver and then off to their honeymoon in mexico.

after partying into the wee hours of the night saturday night, i went to the reconsecration ceremony at the church i grew up in yesterday. it was so packed my friend and i couldn't get into the sanctuary but they had over flow rooms in several different places so we were able to watch the service on a big screen tv and still be able to experience the feeling of being with the community. the speeches by various ministers who have been leaders at the church were amazing. the current minister, Chris Buice, did a wonderful job making sure the children understood that the church was still a safe place to be and that the adults in the congregation would always protect them. he also said that the shooters intention was to destroy the unitarian community but what he really did was make the community stronger. not only that but the entire religious community in knoxville has come out in support of the church proving that we are all one not just baptists, muslims, and catholics and we are all connected. i'm so glad i went. it really made me feel better and i got to see and hug a lot of people who were really important to me when i was a kid. you can watch the video of the news story about the service if you want. i really wish they had included part of Rev. Lynn Strauss' (former minister of the church and Taryn's mom) speech when she said that the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church community is so strong and so wonderful that no matter where your life takes you, you always take a piece of TVUUC with you. i definitely feel that way.

despite it being a hard weekend physically and emotionally i'm so glad i did both the wedding and the service at TVUUC. it reminded me that despite the fact that i might live far away from my friends and i might live far away from TVUUC i'm still part of a really amazing community. it's inspired me and given me a clearer idea of the things i want to do in my life. it's also inspired me to start working harder on forming my own community in my own town whether that be toledo or where ever i wind up going.


Aug. 4th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you were able to reconnect with people and with your former church, and that's awesome that the whole religious community (well at least a good portion of it) came together in support of it. Also, why ever are your friends going on their honeymoon during the DNC, they are going to miss the entire city of Denver bitching about how much trouble the Democrats are causing them ;)
Aug. 5th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
that reminds me, they asked me to ask you what neighborhood in denver you live in. they live in capitol hill. when is the democratic convention?
Aug. 6th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
When is the DNC? *ha hahahahahah* I wish I could forget ;P August 25-28th, I live in the same neighborhood as your friends actually, closer to Cheesman Park though than Capitol Hill, the "gay" neighborhood of Denver, and you know that makes me happy !!
Aug. 7th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
what a shock that you would choose to live near the gay area of town. :) who knows, maybe you're neighbors with my friends and don't even know it.

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