July 2, 1964 was a proud day for many Americans! With a quick stroke of the pen, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an unprecedented piece of legislation into history. Pubic Law 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, better known as the Civil Rights Act, opened the flood gates that allowed many people an opportunity to realize the “American dream” for the first time.
Honestly, the timing of this question could not be anymore serendipitous. As I finish my third year of divinity school and begin discerning my ordination, the question that I find myself asking is “Who am I?” instead of “Why I am?” Ashley Cyre, a Wake Divinity School alumnus, described me at a Metho-Bapterian. When I applied to Wake Divinity, I was working in a Methodist Church. The Methodist tradition is the church in which I spent most of my formative years; it is where I was baptized, confirmed, and felt the call to be a ministry leader. Not long after being accepted at Wake Divinity I decided after prayerful discernment that I wanted to seek ordination under the care of the Presbyterian tradition and Salem Presbytery.
When I graduated almost a year ago, I didn’t know what being a Master of Divinity meant, but I was pretty sure I was not going to work in a church. (I did consider communications positions in a couple of synagogues.)