Saturday, June 30, 2012


At TNS we are blessed to have many talented and gifted faculty members, students, and alumni.  Rev. Theodore Richards, one of the first year deans, is one such person.  The following is a poem he wrote, which was originally published in Handprints on the Womb.

Pictographs in a cave (overhang)
Pictographs in a cave (overhang) (Photo credit: aeh223)
I Am 
      by Rev. Theodore Richards
I am;
I am the dark matter of my dark mother, burning deep in space;
I am the salty ocean of my tears,
tears shed for a world of possibility and despair;
I am the story of my ancestors, and the imagination of my daughter;
I am memories of the long journeys, of stories told in darkness by the fire,
and in the moonlight;
I am the cave paintings, and the handprints on the womb;
I am being born each moment,
new and fresh.
I am the parched Earth, the crying skies;
I am Imagination,
tapestry of humanity’s yearnings for the future,
depth of my own uniqueness.
And I am the dying Earth,
crying for the memory of the gifts she gave us,
of the struggles of my mothers.

Read more of Rev. Ted's writing at:

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Welcome All!

Welcome to the Interfaith Messenger.  As the "official" blog of the New Seminary, we hope to bring students, faculty and visitors to these pages various posts that will inspire, affirm, nurture, teach and engage. 

First, let us congratulate the class of 2012, who were recently ordained in All Souls Unitarian Church, New York, NY on June 16, 2012.  Blessings as you begin your journey as interfaith ministers. 

The ordination took place after a four-day retreat at a Franciscan convent in Peekskill, NY.  During the retreat, members of both the class of 2012 and the class of 2013 were able to share time together.  Many met face-to-face for the first time after communicating online for nearly a year.  Thank you to all who made the retreat such a nurturing, healing and peace-filled time together.

Religious syms
Religious syms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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