Already a Day Late

Whelp, I’ve truly been sucked into the lazy days of a vacation! Days upon days of lazing around, doing nothing but hanging out with a great family in a beautiful place – it’s been AWESOME!!! It’s been so awesome that I lost track of my days and missed a scheduled entry day (despite SD reminding me a couple of times). But it’s all good ’cause I know ya’ll who are reading this are a forgiving bunch of folks and know me well enough to know that I mean well.

I don’t have much to report on this posting… it’s been a wonderful few days of good eats, fun conversations, running errands, watching tv/movies, and just plain hanging about. Today included laundry and repacking the boxes/bags. After dinner I’ll repack the car (sorry AK – had to be unpacked for servicing) then lean back and enjoy the last few moments of “vacation.”

My favorite quote of the day: “I will do anything for my country, except give up my make-up.” – said by a person interviewed on TV about the TSA liquid restrictions. It’s all about priorities, right?

For any who haven’t ever visited Salt Lake City, I highly recommend it! It is a beautiful place and I continue to be awed by the sunsets. (Though the local television news might be something to avoid).

Tomorrow morning I head to CO where I’ll spend 2 nights, visiting with friends (in 2 locations) before heading on to Tulsa. One of these days I’ll post a map of my route for ya’ll to enjoy… just don’t want to do it too soon – it’ll wreck the surprise.

Pointing Eastward, Looking Westward

Published in: on 10 August 2006 at 23.49  Leave a Comment  

Slowing Down

I’m still in Salt Lake City, where I’m practicing the fine art of slowing down. After the speedy drive that got me here I am (re)learning how to sit and relax with friends and family. I have done a couple small projects but for the most part I have been a total slug, and it is wonderful.

The natural beauty of Salt Lake City is breathtaking. We sit in a bowl surrounded by gorgeous mountains. The skies have been mostly clear with a few cotton-like clouds, which at sunset are marvelous. The weather here has been beyond warm in the mid to late days and well into the nights. But I find that the mornings are quite nice. This morning I got up early and sat on the deck watching the first light arrive to the sweet chirping of the local birds. And at the moment I am playing fetch with Bailey, who loves to have stuffed animals thrown about so that he can grab them and return them to me only to have them thrown again. (It’s more fun than it sounds.)

It’s a slow life at the moment and I encourage all of you who are reading this to remember to take a day every now and then (or perhaps, even once a week) to slow down and relax yourselves.

Published in: on 6 August 2006 at 14.36  Leave a Comment  

A Very Bright Light in the Sky

Bright Lights

I left Berkeley, CA yesterday at 11.42 and sped my way to Salt Lake City, UT arriving just about midnight local time. It was a beautiful drive! The above picture was taken at Wendover, NV. I was driving along Rte. 80 East, enjoying the dark night and clear sky when all of a sudden I came up over a mountain ridge and BANG, there was enough light in the sky that the area was clear as day. You can see the dimmer of the 2 areas in the picture above. I had passed the brighter one before I thought to get my camera out. And of course, I didn’t slow down to take the picture so it is a bit blurry but you should get the idea nonetheless.

So here I am in Salt Lake City, happily enjoying the love of family but dearly missing the love and community of friends left behind. There is more to say about that in days to come but for now I say a grand thank you too all who have supported me through this transition – I wouldn’t be gone without you! Thanks for the gathering on the last night, the hours of keeping me on task to pack and helping me pack/move, the physical, emotional and spiritual support, the numerous (and worthy) distractions, and mostly the connections that we have been graced to share.

Eastward Ho goes I.

Published in: on 4 August 2006 at 17.55  Comments (2)  

About Me

Mr. Barb Greve, M.Div., MCRE

BarbBarb Greve earned his Masters of Divinity at Starr King School for the Ministry in 2007. He currently serves as a hospice chaplain and as one of the volunteer Co-Moderators to the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

In addition to having served as an intentional interim/consulting director of lifespan religious education to multiple Unitarian Universalist congregations, Barb has served on the Faculty of The Chaplaincy Institute (teaching Prophetic Voice & Social Transformation), as the Chair of the Starr King School for the Ministry’s Board of Trustees, is a founding member and served on the Steering Committee of Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together (TRUUsT), and is a founding member and served on the Steering Committee of the Guild of Interim Religious Educators. Barb was a Dean of Lifespan Religious Education Week at Star Island, has served two terms as the President of the North Atlantic Regional LREDA Chapter and served on the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregation’s Music Leadership Credentialing Committee.

Barb is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. An institutionalist at heart, Barb enjoys board and committee work. A firm believer in the saving power of Unitarian Universalism, Barb yearns to share his religion with all he can. He draws much spiritual inspiration from the writings of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist theylogians. He also finds inspiration in science fiction (Babylon 5 being his favorite source), nature, music, movies, and the brewing of beer.

Barb has served as a Hospice Chaplain to Vitas Healthcare (Spring 2018 – present), Sabbatical Religious Educator to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (Fall 2017 – Spring 2018), Interim Director of Lifespan Religious Education to the Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek, CA (August 2014 – July 2017), Chaplain Intern to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA (September 2015 – July 2017), Consulting Interim to Unitarian Universalist Congregation: East in Manchester, CT (August 2014 – August 2015), Interim Director of Religious Education Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, GA, (July 2012 – June 2014), Interim Director of Lifespan Religious Education to the First Unitarian Society of Newton, MA (July 2009 – June 2012) and Interim Director of Religious Education to the Unitarian Society of New Haven, CT (August 2007 – June 2009). From September 2006 – July 2007 he served as intern minister to Arlington Street Church (Boston, MA) and Church of the Larger Fellowship, both of which are Unitarian Universalist congregations. From 1995 – 2005 Barb served as Program Associate in the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations’ Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns.

For over 25 years, Barb has preached and led workshops on issues of sexual orientation, gender identification, race, and ability. He has taught Religious Education classes for all ages and spent over 20 years advising Young Religious Unitarian Universalist youth groups. He collaborated on the creation of the UUA’s 2nd edition of the Welcoming Congregation Handbook and is co-author of Living the Welcoming Congregation. Barb is the publishing editor of Crossing Paths: Where Transgender and Religion Meet (UUA). He is also a contributing author in GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary (Alyson Press), Homosexuality & Religion: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press) and Women: Images & Realities, A Multicultural Anthology (McGraw Hill). Barb was an instructor with GOAL (Gay Officers Action League), New England.

Prior to seminary, Barb was an active member of his parish in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he served two years as their Board Chair, as well as served on Ministerial Search Committee, the Social Concerns Council, Welcoming Congregation Committee, the Worship and Arts Council, as well as co-founded and served on their Lay Worship Leader Group.

He is a godparent, classical bassist and cribbage player. Barb is a New Englander at heart though enjoys the adventure of living in new places.

Published in: on 1 August 2006 at 0.00  Leave a Comment