So dear readers, we, Behind the Chalice, find ourselves in a relatively calm time. The Sunday Services are in person and live streamed. The in-person Fellowship time has started, sans caffeine at the moment, the lights and PTZ cameras sit patiently while they await being lifted into their new homes in the Sanctuary, by the one and only John Prohosky. So what better time than now to start to learn a little bit more about those, Behind the Chalice. A few questions have been asked and as responses come in, they will appear here. The first person we would like you to meet is…
Name: Gloria Holland
> Position/s for Sunday Services: Celebrant and 2nd camera. (editor’s note: and speaker)
> What do you most like about your position/s: I love giving the readings. I have done some acting in the past, and interpretive reading gives me an outlet for that passion. And it has been fun learning how to operate a camera for the online services.
> What is one thing you would change: I hope we get back to having more variety in the services; I’d love to have poetry readings, plays, prose readings, kids reading or performing.
> What is your idea of perfect happiness: Being loved. Being healthy. Being secure.
> What is your greatest achievement: Probably my 30 year teaching career. Or being a single mom for 9 years and figuring out who I was in the world.
> What do you regard as the lowest depths of despair: For me? A few serious bouts of depression. For the world: disasters, such as war, fire, flood, starvation, etc.
> What is a your greatest extravagance: I’ve been fortunate to be able to travel.
> Who or what is the greatest love of your life: My family.
> Who are your heroes in fiction: I’m not big on heroes, especially made up ones.
> Who are your heroes in real life: Medical workers dealing with Covid. Fire fighters.
> What is a meaningful piece of music for you: The Rose by Bette Midler
> Where do you like to go in nature to revive: Our back porch has a lovely view of a wetland and a meadow that sit below an old White House. It’s very quiet and calming.
> Anything else: I really love being part of this congregation, and I’m happy to be allowed to serve as Celebrant.
Thanks for answering those questions Gloria! Until next time, we remain yours in service – Behind the Chalice