There are mixed responses when you announce that you will be attending a reunion. Popular forms are family and educational reunions. For some it is just a nostalgic extravagance. For others it is a chance to hear both old and new stories that you have shared. I prefer to see reunions as the later.
This reunion may stretch the definition - It was attending a presentation supporting prison ministry in Grand Haven, Michigan (10/12/17). The reunion part was hearing Father Gregory Boyle recount many of the stories I first heard in 2012 while reading Tattoos on the heart: The power of boundless compassion. It was a great reunion. It was at that reunion I heard an announcement of new stories that will appear this month Barking to the choir: The power of radical kinship.
A more classic reunion, 50 years since medical school graduation, actually began before the formal event with the collection and distribution of a brief histories. I was impressed with the stories of mission and community involvement. Even better was their love of their vocation. When the reunion occurred (October 26-28, 2017) it was a great cerebration. We are “kin” who shared a common beginning and remain connected to a common purpose of healing.
Humanity for Prisoners
Boyle, G. (2011). Tattoos on the heart: The power of boundless compassion. Simon and Schuster.
Hage, M. L. (2012). Techniques and Transformation.
Boyle, G. (2017). Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship. Simon & Schuster.
Hage, M.L. (2017) Healing Covenant