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You can call her "Rev." now.

Radiant Kelli holding her new ordination certificate at homeReverend Kelli Parrish Lucas, if you please...

the chalice and plate, closeup.The chalice and plate I got Kelli while on my trip to New Mexico. Made from solid stone.

We just got back from the festivities following Kelli's ordination today—long awaited, and taking just a bit over six years since she was accepted to seminary in April 2005. You can imagine this is a huge victory to claim. After our dinner, she was wiped out, so here I am, ever the journalist for the family...

Held at the church where we both were born into and where we have been baptized and married in, this is a particularly notable day in the history of CCCPB, as Kelli is the only of that congregation to have started so young and followed the long and winding path of faith and formation, all the way to this point.

In attendance were members of CCCPB, Mission Hills UCC (where she interned), other churches in the local UCC Association, friends from United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, Unitarian Universalist, and Presbyterian worlds. Friends from the world of chaplaincy, poetry, and plain ol' good friends were there to support her too. (A few of the ladies might not know it but they might be contributors to this very site, once the dust settles here!)

For the week, Kelli's mom Kay Taylor was in town, and brought her autoharp with her. She sang a heart melting rendition of God's Eye is on the Sparrow for the offertory in the ordination service. We just happened to have a mic on her too!

Concurrent with all this, we are starting the WomenWhoSpeakInChurch page on Facebook too. Over 100 images from the day's preparation, service, and celebration are now in an album on my Facebook page, or you can see the more focused collection within

To save you a trip to YouTube, check these out: the "Sparrow" slideshow with mama Kay and the lighting of the Triune Candles with good friends Reverend Karen, Tara, and Delores.

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