Here is a survival guide in case you're coming and want an insider's perspective on the best places to go: If you're looking for a park, check out Backbone State Park, Pikes Peak State Park, or Effigy Mounds National Park. If you want some great food, check out Shera's Algerian-American restaurant in Elkader or Mabe's Pizza in Decorah. If you need a place to sleep or a boat to cruise, check out Boatels. Okay, I better stop listing cool stuff before this sounds like an ad for vacationing in Iowa.
It takes a village to make the celebration of an ordination possible. Thank you to the “cloud of witnesses” who helped me to grow in faith and life: Jesus, Sara Klosterboer, Jan Brandsmeier, Curt Brandsmeier, Kris Butterbaugh, my extended family, Zion UCC, Dick Eick, Carol Eick, Pilgrim Heights Camp, Summer Games Bible Camp, EWALU Bible Camp, Kelley Foehrkolb, Dale Goodman, Kristen Corr, Gerson Neliwa, Tjeripo Musutua, Simba Circle, Faith UCC, Dee Lundberg, Eden Theological Seminary, Evangelical UCC, Faith Aloud, Holden Village, Pub Theology, Saint Paul UCC, Bob Molsberry, Lutheran Senior Services, CPE Group, Howard Kaplansky, Brian McLaren, Sojourners Magazine, Generate Magazine, Jim Wallis, WovenWord Press, U2, Susan Werner, Peter Mayer, Indigo Girls, Barack Obama, Thick Nhat Hahn, Castlewood State Park, Joretta Marshall, Clint McCann, Nadine Aydt, Joe Rowley, Jessica Rowley, Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, David Weiss, John Philip Newel, Emergent Church folks, Center for Process and Faith, and the wider body of the United Church of Christ. There are also countless other people and organizations that I didn’t list because of the inherent limitation of lists. But my deep gratitude is extended to all of you, named and unnamed. All of your ministries are known by God. Thank you all for your influence, support, and faithfulness.